President's Council

The President's Council's primary responsibilities are to advise the president on proposed new and changing university policies and procedures, as well as to give a comprehensive overview of accomplishments, challenges, issues, opportunities and current projects of each member’s area. Members are expected to provide feedback on campus discussions brought to the Council, as well as to share information provided in the meetings with students, faculty and staff of their respective areas.  The group meets three times a year.

The membership of the President’s Council consists of the president, vice presidents, NMU Foundation CEO and most of the VP's direct reports who are at the associate/assistant VP, director or executive director level of an NMU department.

Its current members are:

Leadership --
Fritz Erickson, President
Gavin Leach, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Kerri Schuiling, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Steve VandenAvond, Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement
Brad Canale, CEO of the NMU Foundation
Tristan Ruiz, President, Associated Students of NMU (student government)
Rachel Nye, Chair, Academic Senate

President's Division --
Mike Bath, Director of Public Safety and Police Services
Jessica Cruz, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Derek Hall, Assistant Vice President for University Marketing and Communications
Deanna Hemmila, Director of Government Relations
Laura Glover, Executive Administrative Assistant to the President
Forrest Karr, Athletic Director for Intercollegiate Athletics, Sports Recreation and the Olympic Training Site
Cathy Niemi, Secretary of the NMU Board of Trustees
Cindy Paavola, Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives

Academic Affairs Division --
Gerri Daniels, Director of Admissions
Chris Greer, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dale Kapla, Associate Provost
Charlie Mesloh, Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies
Jason Nicholas, Director of Institutional Research
Dave Rayome, Dean, College of Business
Kim Rotundo, Registrar
Eric Smith, Director of Broadcasting Services
Leslie Warren, Dean, Academic Information Services
Rob Winn, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Extended Learning and Community Engagement Division --
Bob Eslinger, Interim Dean, College of Technology and Occupational Sciences
Robyn Stille, Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Finance and Administration Division --
Jill Compton, Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management
Rhea Dever, Director of Human Resources
Felecia Flack, Assistant Vice President of Business Intelligence and Information Services
Sandy Haavisto, Controller
Dave Maki, Chief Technology Officer
Kathy Richards, Associate Vice President of Engineering, Planning and Facilities
Mike Rotundo, Director of Financial Aid
Sherri Towers, Assistant Vice President of Finance