Lake Superior State University

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees has endorsed the selection of the school’s next president. 

Rodney Hanley will become LSSU’s next leader no later than July 1. He comes from Fisk University in Nashville, having served as provost and vice president for academic affairs for the past four years.

The Board of Trustees voted to hire Hanley at a meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Friday. Peter Mitchell has served as interim president since the unexpected death of President Thomas Pleger in May.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--    An official from Fisk University in Tennessee has been named the next president of Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie.

Lake Superior State says Monday the appointment of Rodney S. Hanley is effective July 1, pending approval by the school's Board of Trustees. Hanley has served at Fisk University in Nashville as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2014.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is rescinding the appointment of a judge to the board of trustees of Lake Superior State University following a newspaper's question about the appointment process. 

Snyder on Friday announced that 92nd District Court Judge Beth Gibson of Newberry would serve an eight-year term on the board of the Sault Ste. Marie school.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University eschewed "fake news" and released LSSU's 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

“We've drilled down and unpacked tons of pre-owned words and phrases deemed impactful by hundreds of nominators during 2017,” said an LSSU spokesperson. “Let that sink in.”

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The public is getting a chance to offer design suggestions for the Center for Freshwater Research and Education at Lake Superior State University. 

The first session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Walker Cisler Center Crow's Nest on the campus in Sault Ste. Marie. The other will be Thursday at 3 p.m.

Representatives of local, state, federal and tribal agencies and private organizations have been invited to discuss how the center can conduct research, educate students and engage with the community.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A university in the Upper Peninsula is offering a daylong event to learn about the natural resources of the region.

Two environmental groups are sponsoring an event Saturday called Celebrate the U.P. Sault Ste. Marie. There will be speakers and hands-on opportunities at Lake Superior State University.

The Evening News in Sault Ste. Marie says the focus will be on water. There will be presentations on the status of the St. Marys River as well as the local tannery, invasive species and birds.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Peter Mitchell to serve as interim president, effective July 1.

LSSU’s eighth president, Dr. Thomas Pleger, died May 7 following a brief illness. Interim Provost David Roland Finley has been serving as acting president since then.

Mitchell was the 14th president of Albion College from 1997 to 2007. Most recently he’s been running the consulting company Proactive Transition Management. The company manages change and transitions for colleges and universities.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Lake Superior State University has named David Roland Finley acting president of the school while officials search for a permanent replacement. 

Finley steps into the role left vacant by Thomas Pleger, who died May 7 after a brief illness. The university’s Board of Trustees made the announcement Friday.

Finley has been serving for the past year as LSSU’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, as well as the dean of the schools of engineering and business.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--    Lake Superior State University President Tom Pleger has died.

According to the school’s website the 48-year-old Pleger passed away unexpectedly Sunday after undergoing brain surgery in Petoskey. Officials say he was taken to War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday, then transferred to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and had surgery on Friday. He was with family recovering in the ICU when he passed early Sunday morning.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Lake Superior State University President Tom Pleger released the following statement Monday about President Trump's immigration/travel ban: