A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Thursday, December 11, 2014, in the 1899 Room of the University Center.  It was convened by Chair L. Garnet Lewis at 8:06 a.m.


Participating were:       

Dr. L. Garnet Lewis, Chair

Dr. H. Sook Wilkinson

            Dr. Thomas H. Zurbuchen

            Mr. Richard M. Popp, ex officio

            Dr. Fritz J. Erickson, ex officio


Organizational Structure and Key Personnel Issues, Openings, and Transitions
The Committee discussed the status of key leadership position openings within the University.  The two searches (e.g., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Search and Vice President for Extended Learning Search) are on schedule with candidates identified for each.


Presidential Evaluation/Assessment

President Erickson reviewed an outline of suggested evaluation/assessment goals with the Committee, followed by Committee discussion.


President Erickson – “Head” of the Public Body

The Committee discussed the recommendation to appoint the President as the “head” of the public body for FOIA purposes.  This designation has to do with the appeal process for a FOIA request that was denied by the Freedom of Information Officer.  FOIA requires that when a public body denies a request in whole or in part, that they must “submit to the head of the University a written appeal …” This recommendation designates the President to handle any appeal that may be received.


Executive Committee Make-Up

Discussion was held regarding the make-up of the Committee.


The Committee adjourned at 9:35 a.m.




L. Garnet Lewis, Chair