NMU Board of Trustees

CANTON, GA--   A great friend to Northern Michigan University has died.

Trustee emeritus and alumnus Gil Ziegler passed away July 29 at the age of 79.

Ziegler earned a degree in mathematics at Northern in 1960. Two governors appointed him to the NMU Board of Trustees for two separate terms: 1993 to 2001 and 2007 to 2014. Ziegler was elected and served as vice chair and chair during his tenure.

The next NMU Board of Trustees meeting takes place on December 8 and 9, 2016, in the Explorer rooms of the NMU University Center. 
WNMU is scheduled to be on the agenda of the Finance Committee which meets Thursday December 8 at 1:30 pm. The full meeting agenda is available here

MARQUETTE, MI--   The vice chair of the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has resigned. 

Thomas Zurbuchen says he can’t complete his eight-year term because he’s been named associate administrator for NASA Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.  His resignation is effective immediately.  Zurbuchen assumed his new duties on Monday. 

Zurbuchen oversees NASA's programs in astrophysics, planetary science, earth science and heliophysics.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has restructured its flat-rate tuition program. 

Marquette, MI - The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees addresses several university issues at its regular meeting last Friday. The Board approved housing and dining rates for the 2016-17 academic year. The annual cost of a standard double-occupancy room and the “gold constant meal pass” dining option will be $9,604, an increase of $534 to cover inflationary cost increases and maintenance needs for housing facilities. Next year’s tuition is scheduled to be addressed at the board’s June meeting pending results of state higher education appropriations

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has authorized the school to negotiate a contract with Barnes and Noble to operate the campus bookstore.

The bookstore would take the Barnes and Noble name.  NMU officials say the size and technological reach of the company would allow it to compete effectively in the textbook market. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University will be the first school in Michigan to offer a Native American Studies major next year.  

The Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by its academic affairs committee to create the major on the heels of the university’s already-existing Native Studies minor.  NMU will offer the major beginning with the fall semester of 2016. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a $108 million general fund operating budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.   

It’s an increase of about $400,000, or 0.4 percent from last year.  Officials say the university has seen an increase in health care costs, the minimum wage, and other costs, but they expect most of the increased expenses to be offset by restructuring and operational adjustments.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Tuition at Northern Michigan University is going up, but will remain within the cap to receive state funding.  

Thursday the Board of Trustees approved a 3.2 percent increase.  That translates into $149 more per semester for a full-time resident undergraduate.  The annual cost will be $9,383. 

Next year NMU will keep its rank of having the second-lowest tuition and fees among Michigan’s public universities. 

The board also voted to increase graduate tuition.  Resident graduate students will pay $474 per credit hour, an increase of $33. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Board of Trustees has reauthorized the university’s charter with North Star Academy. 

Northern president Fritz Erickson says the academy has made progress in academics and contract compliance, although its fund balance remains a concern.  He says reorganization of the school’s administration will hopefully lead to more financial sustainability. 

The two-year contract goes into effect July 1 and could be extended two more years if North Star achieves its goals. 

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