I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Northern Michigan University Academic Affairs Office. As Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at NMU, I am responsible for providing strategic vision, leadership and management for the Academic Affairs Division of the university, which includes the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences & Professional Studies, Business, Graduate Studies and Research, as well as, Library and Instructional Support, Student Affairs, Admissions, Institutional Effectiveness and the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center. I also work closely with other divisions of the university including Finance & Administration, the Foundation and Extended Learning & Engagement to ensure the close association of these divisions with academic programs, faculty and students.
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Prior to being appointed as Interim Provost, Dale served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, a position he has held since 2012 after serving five years as the department head of Criminal Justice. Between 2019 and 2021, he also served as the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies. Prior to NMU, he held an academic appointment at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis in public policy from West Virginia University after spending 12 years in law enforcement. He also holds a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Security Administration from Northern Michigan University.
Interim Associate Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Leslie Warren joined Northern Michigan University in 2013 as the Dean of Library and Instructional Support. Leslie began her professional career as an Assistant Regional Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. After several years, she became an academic librarian in order to have a more direct role in supporting students and communities. She served as the library director at an independent, two-year college and as a public services librarian at the second largest community college in Illinois. Prior to joining NMU, she served as Assistant Director for the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education. Leslie earned her B.A. and J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington and her M.L.I.S. from Dominican University in Illinois.
Special Advisor for Campus Wellness
Abigail is a social worker specializing in policy, planning, and administration, having earned her BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Before joining NMU in 2012, she’d held several positions leading systems-level change and promoting holistic wellbeing. Her work included serving as Coordinator of the City of Richmond’s first Child Advocacy Center, which relies on a multi-disciplinary, trauma-informed approach to the investigation of child abuse; and, as Executive Director of a Virginia-wide emergency foster care agency.
In 2014, Abigail became the Head of the Social Work Department at NMU, transitioning the BSW Program into an independent academic department, and establishing the only accredited MSW program in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Abigail has been a member of the President’s Committee on Gender and Sexuality, and is currently the co-chair of the President’s Committee on Diversity. She’s been a member of the Board of Directors at the Women’s Center of Marquette and Alger Counties for the last six years, including two as Board President.
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