About the Executive in Residence Program

The Executive in Residence Program at Northern Michigan University is designed to enrich student learning and faculty development by introducing accomplished leaders to the university community.

The College of Business’ program began in the fall of 1979. In its 40 years of existence, it has brought to the campus senior corporate executives and professionals, as well as successful entrepreneurs, from organizations near and far, large and small, private and public, manufacturing and service.

Typically, the executive’s visit is several days to a week in length.  During that time he or she meets with a variety of classes, along with student and faculty groups.  The executive usually also provides a public presentation on the topic area of his or her expertise for the NMU campus and Marquette community.

Current Executive in Residence

John Baltes

John Baltes, NMU Alumnus, is the retired CEO of SVA, a private company serving clients in tax and accounting services; business consulting services; wealth and investment management; and trust and estate services

John Baltes: Executive Background

John Baltes



John Baltes (’86 BS) will bring 30 years of leadership and business strategy experience, as well as a strong data systems background, to the NMU community during his residence.

Baltes is the retired CEO of SVA, a private company serving clients in tax and accounting services; business consulting services; wealth and investment management; and trust and estate services. In his position, he oversaw the four divisions of the company and is a tenured member of SVA’s Board of Directors, where he has served as Chair. In his years of service, he is credited with founding SVA Consulting and has been instrumental in leading many firm-wide growth initiatives around business development, change, and innovation. He graduated from NMU Magna Cum Laude in 1986 with a bachelor of science in information systems and was a running back for the NMU Football team.




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