December 19, 2013
Email from President Haynes
Members of the University Community:
First, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for appointing me as the 14th President of Northern Michigan University. I am honored to have had the opportunity to spend two years working with Trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to fulfill our shared hopes and visions and to work toward achieving common goals and objectives.
That being said, as you know, from the first day of my appointment I have expressed my desire to ultimately return to teaching. For decades I have been fortunate to serve NMU in many capacities. They have all been rewarding, but none more so than working side-by-side with my colleagues to educate students and help them achieve personal and professional success.
That is why, after much consideration, I have decided not to submit an application and support papers to the Presidential Search Committee. It takes a long time for a President to develop and implement strategies under the guidance of the Board of Trustees. Accordingly, a search committee for a university president usually operates under the assumption that the chosen candidate's tenure will be a minimum of five to six years. I do not want to commit that many additional years to this position.
Again, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for their support and their leadership. Between now and June 30, 2014, I pledge to work tirelessly to advance the mission, vision and goals of NMU. This university is my alma mater and has been my workplace, my home and my passion for over thirty years; it is good to know that, going forward, the dedicated people of this university will continue to work toward our common goals and objectives.
David S. Haynes, J.D.