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Fritz Erickson named Northern Michigan president

  • Associated Press
  • April 22, 2014 - 3:00 PM

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Northern Michigan University in Marquette named Fritz Erickson as its 15th president Tuesday, selecting the provost of Ferris State University from among four finalists.

Erickson will succeed David Haynes, who is returning to the Northern Michigan faculty in July.

"I am deeply honored to have been selected," Erickson said. "I believe Northern has great faculty, great staff and fantastic students, and I look forward to being their president."

Rick Popp, chairman of the university's board of trustees, said Erickson had "the credentials and the right kind of personality and drive to help take Northern to another level. He has held many different key positions: teacher, professor, working up through the administrative ranks and now provost. In every job he's had, he's succeeded."

Erickson is also vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. He previously served as dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Among his other posts were dean and professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Eastern Washington University, and professor and chairman of the education department at Michigan Technological University.

Erickson earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. He earned his bachelor's degree in social sciences at Western Michigan University.

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