The Leadership Council consists of the president’s direct reports, the five academic deans and several other top administrators.  

The group’s primary responsibilities are to keep the president informed of issues and situations facing the various areas of the campus the members represent, as well as to identify and share campus, community or discipline area opportunities for Northern. The Council helps to oversee the preparation of the NMU Board of Trustees meeting presentations and materials.

The Leadership Council meets every Monday. 

Its current members are:
Fritz Erickson, President

President's Direct Reports --
Gavin Leach, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Kerri Schuiling, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Steve VandenAvond, Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement
Brad Canale, CEO of the NMU Foundation
Mike Bath, Chief of Police, NMU Police Department, and Director of Safety, NMU Safety Department
Jessica Cruz, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Laura Glover, Executive Administrative Assistant to the President
Derek Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, University Marketing and Communications
Deanna Hemmila, Executive Director of Board and Government Relations
Forrest Karr, Athletic Director for Intercollegiate Athletics, Sports Recreation and the Olympic Training Site
Cindy Paavola, Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives

Academic Deans --
Bob Eslinger, Interim Dean, College of Technology and Occupational Sciences
Joe Lubig, Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies
Dave Rayome, Dean, College of Business
Leslie Warren, Dean, Library and Academic Support Services
Rob Winn, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Other Top Administrators --
Jill Compton, Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management
Gerri Daniels, Director of Admissions
Chris Greer, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dale Kapla, Associate Provost
Kristi Evans, News Director