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.

Dale Kapla
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dale Kapla

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.


Dale Kapla Portrait

Leslie Warren

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.



Headshot of Leslie Warren, Interim Associate Provost

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Academic Employment Specialist

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