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About the Search

Northern Michigan University has launched a national search seeking applications and nominations for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. 

The provost and vice president for academic affairs serves as the university’s chief academic officer and is responsible for ensuring excellence and innovation for its 7,000 students across the institution’s more than 194 degree programs, including 36 graduate programs. NMU features a strong faculty recognized for excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; many new, modernized facilities; solid enrollment; and a strong budgetary foundation. 

The provost and vice president for academic affairs will work in concert with the president to strengthen the university’s academic reputation as a leading institution of higher education and scholarship. 

This is a critical position at an important juncture for NMU. The provost and vice president for academic affairs should understand the key social, economic, technological, and political challenges and opportunities affecting higher education today, and bring creativity and vision to NMU. 

Applications and Nominations

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a provost is selected, candidates should submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by October 15, 2023, for full consideration. Application materials must include a current CV, diversity statement and letter of interest. The search committee is obviously interested in your academic credentials, but it will be most attracted to the candidates who demonstrate how they have used their skills and past experiences to strengthen and advance their institutions in unique ways. Expected appointment is January 1 or July 1, 2024 

Submit to:
NMU Provost Search, R. William Funk & Associates, 2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 300, Dallas, Texas 75219
Email:, Fax: 214-523-9067

NMU Provost and Academic Vice President Position Profile

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Provost Search Committee

The 12-member Provost Search Committee will provide input on the development of a job description for the candidate. Then the committee will identify and interview a set of candidates to bring to campus for in-person interviews, conducted by a broad range of university stakeholders. Finally, using information and feedback from the interviews, the committee will recommend qualified candidates for consideration by the President, who is the hiring authority.

Provost Search Committee Members

  • Chair Carol Johnson, Dean, College of Business Academic Affairs Pillar
  • Mike Andary, NMUFA Faculty
  • Zora Binert, Student/ASNMU
  • Norma Froelich, AAUP Faculty 
  • Brad Hamel, Administrative Academic Affairs Pillar
  • Steven Hughes, AAUP Faculty
  • Rick Mengyan, AAUP Faculty
  • Jason Nicholas, Administrative Academic Affairs Pillar
  • Marty Reinhardt, Center for Native American Studies
  • Laura Reissner, AAUP Faculty
  • Liz Wuorinen, Department Head/Associate Dean
  • Cathy Andrew, Support Staff


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About Northern Michigan University

Located on the spectacular shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Northern Michigan University offers an educational experience unlike any other. We focus on the attentive and intentional care of the whole person, including students, faculty and staff. We prioritize wellbeing across campus because it is foundational to a full life and our success. Belonging is a core part of the Northern experience highlighted by the intimate feeling of a vibrant, mid-sized campus and a small town of 20,000 residents. NMU’s immersive degree programs take a hands-on approach that extends beyond the classroom, providing students with exceptional real world value. NMU’s 7,200 students are surrounded by a team of supportive faculty, staff and community members who are committed to their success in college and after graduation.


Northern Michigan University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of ancestry, race, color, ethnicity, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, handicap/disability, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law in employment or the provision of services. NMU provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities. NMU is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its employees.