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April 22, 2014
Board Selects President

Northern Michigan University announced on Tuesday, April 22, the appointment of Dr. Fritz Erickson as its 15th president. Dr. Erickson is currently the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Ferris State University. Erickson will succeed current president David Haynes, whose two-year appointment ends June 30. He was chosen from among four finalists. The tentative goal is to have the new president in place by July 1.

April 22, 2014
Board Calls for Special Meeting to Select President

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold a public session to vote on the next president of NMU. The session is scheduled 10 a.m.Tuesday, April 22, in 602 Cohodas Hall. Four finalists visited campus between April 3-15.  They were selected from a group of 10 semifinalists.  The tentative schedule is to have the new president begin by July 1.  Current president David Haynes' two-year appointment ends June 30 and he plans to return to the faculty at that time.

April 15, 2014
Pembreton Visit

The following are some of the media coverage of Greg Cant's April 10 visit to NMU:

 

April 10, 2014
Cant Visit

The following are some of the media coverage of Greg Cant's April 10 visit to NMU:

 

April 8,  2014
Erickson Visit

The following are some of the media coverage of Fritz Erickson's April 8 visit to NMU:

 

April 3, 2014
Ackerman Visit

The following are some of the media coverage of Robert Ackerman's April 3 visit to NMU:

 

April 2, 2014
Feedback Sessions Announced

The NMU Board of Trustees will hold public feedback sessions each day after a candidate has visited.  However, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members can comment on any of the finalists at any of the feedback sessions. The scheduled for the feedback sessions is as follows:

  • April 4, - 2 p.m., Peter White Lounge, University Center
  • April 9 - 2 p.m., Brule Room, University Center
  • April 11 - 1:30 p.m., Ontario Room, University Center
  • April 16, 1:30 p.m., Peter White Lounge, University Center

 

April 2, 2014
Pemberton Visit Rescheduled

Northern Michigan University has rescheduled the presidential candidate visit for Cynthia Pemberton for Tuesday, April 15. Her original visit on April 1 was canceled due to weather-related travel issues. Pemberton,the provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D., is one of four presidential candidates. A blizzard moving through the Dakotas canceled most air traffic Monday, March 31, including Pemberton's flights to Marquette.All four are visiting the NMU campus in early April. During their visits they will give a 5-7 minute presentation at a public forum at 4 p.m. in the University Center on the day of their visit.  Following each candidate's visit, the NMU Board of Trustees will hold a public feedback session in the University Center, the first of which will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 4, in the Peter White Lounge.  Robert Ackerman, professor of law and former dean at the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit visits Thursday, April 3; Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, visit Tuesday, April 8; and 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., visits Thursday, April 10.

March 31, 2014
Pemberton Visit Canceled; Will be Rescheduled

Northern Michigan University has announced that the Tuesday, April 1, presidential candidate visit for Cynthia Pemberton has bee cancelled due to weather-related travel issues and will be rescheduled for a later date. Pemberton is one of four presidential candidates announced last week. All four will be visiting the NMU campus in early April. During their visits they will give a 5-7 minute presentation at a public forum. Pemberton, is the provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D. The blizzard moving through the Dakotas cancelled most air traffic Monday (March 31), including Pemberton's flights to Marquette.

March 26, 2014
Four finalists to visit campus

Four finalists have been selected for the Northern Michigan University presidency. They will be brought to NMU on select dates in early April to meet with campus constituencies. Their visits will also include a 5-7 minute public presentation that addresses what they find enticing about the NMU presidency and how their experience and credentials match the needs and vision of the university. All public forums are at 4 p.m. on the respective dates (locations to be determined): Tuesday, April 1- Cynthia Pemberton, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Dickinson (N.D.) State University; Thursday, April 3 - Robert Ackerman, professor of law and former dean at the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit; Tuesday, April 8 - Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids; and Thursday, April 10 - 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. NMU President David Haynes’ two-year term runs through June 30. He announced in December that he will return to the NMU faculty at that time. The hope is to have his successor in place by July 1.

March 21, 2014
Four finalists selected

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee interviewed 10 semifinalists on Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, in off-campus, in-person interviews, choosing four finalists to invite to campus during the first two weeks of April for on-campus interviews.  The dates of the finalists' visits and the names of the candidates will be announced Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

March 10, 2014
Search committee reviews applications, chooses 10 to interview

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee met to discuss the candidates for the presidency at Northern Michigan University on March 10. From the pool of applicants, the committee has selected 10 semifinalists for off-campus interviews. Scheduling for the interviews is in progress, but the committee hopes to complete the first-round interviews by the early portion of April. From the 10 semifinalists, the committee will select 3-4 finalists, who will be brought to campus in mid-April.  Dr. Sook Wilkinson, NMU Board of Trustee member and chair ofthe PSAC, said she was pleased with the pool of candidates and with the work of the committee to choose the 10 interviewees. NMU hopes to have the new president in place by July 1.

 

Feb. 12, 2014
BOT members update campus on search

Members of the NMU Board of Trustees met with various campus stakeholder groups and local media to update them on the timeline for the presidential search while in Marquette to attend the board's annual retreat. Attending the sessions were new board chair Rick Popp, immediate past board chair Garn Lewis, presidential search advisory committee chair Sook Wilkinson, and PSAC members Steve Adamini and Steve Mitchell.  The group said the goal is a pool of 50-60 applicants prior to the application deadline of March 3 and that the search consulting firm reported the search was on target for that number of applicants. During the week of March 10, the PSAC would meet to begin reviewing applications with the intent to select 7-10 candidates for offsite interviews from which 3-4 finalists would be chosen and brought to campus prior to the end of the winter semester.

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December 19, 2013

President Haynes not a candidate

President David Haynes, whose two-year appointment ends June 30, emailed the university campus Thursday, Dec. 19, to inform the community he was not going to submit an application in the presidential search, citing the desire to return to the classroom where he previously served as a political science and public administration faculty member.  President Haynes' email

 

November 12, 2013

Board thanks campus for input

The NMU Boad of Trustees thanked the NMU campus community for providing input on what qualities are most important in its president as part of the preparation for the presidential leadership profile document, which is provided to candidates interested in applying for the president's position, which was given during a number of small-group meetings and two open-forum discussions with Dr. Kate Haley of Witt/Kieffer, the search firm hired by the NMU Board of Trustees. Read the full letter from NMU Board of Trustees L. Garn Lewis and H. Sook Wilkinson.

 

Dr. Haley’s Nov. 7-8 Visit to NMU

Thursday, November 7, 2013 (in order of meeting schedule)

  • Leadership Team
  • Non-Represented Administrators
  • Union Representatives (AAUP, AFSCME, AP, NMUFA, TOP)
  • Vice Presidents
  • Academic Cabinet
  • Academic Department Heads
  • Community/Alumni/Donors
  • Faculty/Staff Open Forum
  • Dinner  with Sook Wilkinson, Chair of Presidential Search Committee
  • ASNMU Leadership and Student Open Forum

 

Friday, November 8, 2013

  • Cindy Paavola, Director of Communications; Theresa Nease, Secretary of the Board; Sook Wilkinson, Chair of the PSAC; and Garnet Lewis, Chair of the Board – Discussion on communication needs and presidential search website
  • Senate Executive Committee
  • NMU Board of Trustees (some on campus, some via conference call)
  • President David Haynes
  • Search Committee