NMU Presidential Finalists

Listed in alphabetical order. For on-campus visit dates see, timeline.


Robert Ackerman

Professor of law and former dean at the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. He previously served as a professor and associate dean for institutional programs and planning at Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, as well as dean and professor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Ackerman holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.  

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Greg Cant

Founding dean of the Offutt School of Business and Robert J. Johnson chair in economics and business administration at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He previously served on the faculty and as chair of the department of management at Central Washington University and spent time overseas at Edith Cowan University in Australia as a senior lecturer in the school of management and interim director of the human resources division (comparable to a U.S. institution’s associate vice president for academic affairs). Cant earned his doctorate of philosophy from the graduate school of management at the University of Western Australia, a master’s in industrial relations from Queens’ University in Ontario, Canada, and bachelor’s in labor relations from the University of Western Australia.

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Fritz Erickson

Provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. He formerly was dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, dean and professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Eastern Washington University and chair of the education department/ professor of education and psychology at Michigan Technological University. Erickson holds an interdisciplinary Ed.D. in educational psychology, technology and research methodology and a master’s in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor’s in social sciences from Western Michigan University.

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Cynthia Pemberton

Provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D. She previously served in an administrative capacity in the graduate school at Idaho State University and was on the faculty of ISU’s sport science, physical education and dance department before being promoted to professor of educational leadership. Pemberton holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership-postsecondary education/administration from Portland State University, a master’s in interdisciplinary studies—physical education, psychology and nutrition—from Southern Oregon State College and a bachelor’s in biology/psychology from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

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