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Steve VandenAvond

Dr. Steve VandenAvond

Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement

svanden@nmu.edu

Dr. Steve VandenAvond became NMU’s Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement in April 2015. 

Dr. VandenAvond came to NMU from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he had been serving as the Associate Provost and Dean for Outreach and Adult Access. He had been at UWGB since 2010. From 2000-2010 he was a faculty member and administrator at Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, Wis.).

He was the director of the psychology program at Michigan Technological University from 1997-2000 where he also co-founded and was the director of the Center for Educational Technology Research and Assessment.

Degrees:
  • PhD, Loyola University (Chicago)
  • M.S., Illinois State University
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Brad Hamel

Brad Hamel

Director of Global Campus Operations

bhamel@nmu.edu

Brad Hamel has been with NMU since 1999. He began his career in the NMU Athletics Department and most recently resided in Alumni Relations as the Director of Alumni Engagement and External Relations Technology.

Brad Hamel is leading the effort to establish NMU’s Global Campus environment and quality online student experience. The establishment of a “Concierge Services” including, recruitment, admissions counseling, enrollment specialist, and continual academic advising makes NMU’s Global Campus an ideal choice.

Brad is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

Degrees:
  • B.S., Northern Michigan University
  • M.P.A., Northern Michigan University
  • Ed.S., Northern Michigan University
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Dan Freeborn

Dan Freeborn

Assistant Director, Marketing and Enrollment

dfreebor@nmu.edu

Dan joined the Global Campus staff in May 2018. He manages digital, print and paid marketing strategy and recruitment efforts for undergraduate online degrees. He is the primary point of contact for new student inquiries and a guide through the enrollment process.

Previously, Dan was Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at NMU and managed recruitment efforts in Northern Wisconsin and the Northern Lower and Eastern Upper Peninsulas of Michigan.

He enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, traveling, camping and fishing. 

Degrees:
  • B.S., Northern Michigan University
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Carly Harrington

Carly Harrington

Assistant Director, Academic Support Services

cabenson@nmu.edu

Carly joined NMU's Global Campus in February 2019. She is the primary academic advisor for the Applied Workplace Leadership degree program as well as undeclared and non-degree seeking students.

Additionally, Carly serves as a secondary academic advisor for all Global Campus students. She is responsible for guiding students through the university system while providing guidance on course selection, degree requirements, and exploring career options. 

Prior to joining the Global Campus, Carly was an advisor at Michigan Technological University and the Corporate Communications Manager at Upper Peninsula Health Plan.

Degrees:
  • M.P.A., Northern Michigan University
  • B.S., University of Michigan
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Stacy Boyer-Davis

Dr. Stacy Boyer-Davis

Extended Learning and Community Engagement Scholar

sboyerda@nmu.edu

Dr. Stacy Boyer-Davis is the Extended Learning and Community Engagement Scholar for the 2019-2021 academic years, a half-time appointment. She is also an Assistant Professor of Accounting and the Assistant Department Head for Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Defense, Finance, and Risk Management for the College of Business.

In the ELCE role, Stacy works with the staff to design and implement systems that support student engagement and learning among distance education students. She also collaborates with the Instructional Design and Technology office to provide leadership and services to support faculty with their online and other distance education teaching.

Dr. Boyer-Davis helps maintain existing programs, disseminates information about distance teaching and learning-related resources on campus, and promotes collaboration and partnership among faculty interested in distance teaching excellence.

Degrees:
  • PhD, Capella University
  • M.S., Keller Graduate School of Management
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Mindy Nannestad

Mindy Nannestad

Administrative Assistant

mnannest@nmu.edu

Mindy Nannestad joined Extended Learning and Community Engagement in April 2016 as the division's administrative assistant.

She has worked at NMU since 2002 and was the executive secretary for the Dean of Students Office.

Degrees:
  • B.S., Northern Michigan University