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Finishing AD search is a top priority for new NMU president

May 10, 2012 - Matt Wellens

New Northern Michigan University President David Haynes said Thursday that wrapping up the search for a new athletic director and provost is a top priority.

According to Haynes, both searches need to wrap up quickly.

“I am focused on getting this done,” Haynes said. “Taking this to the board and making a recommendation is my top priority besides the budget and meeting people.”

Haynes detailed his intentions via phone Thursday en route to Lansing for previously scheduled meetings. Haynes said he has already spoke with outgoing university president Les Wong as well as interim athletic director Steve Reed.

Besides reading through materials provided on the three finalists, Haynes said he will speak over the weekend with the board of trustees, NMU coaches and the two co-chairs of the athletic director search committee — Julie Rochester, the NMU athletic department’s NCAA faculty representative, will co-chair the committee along with Dr. Jon Webb of Downtown Eye Care in Marquette.

Haynes also plans to make Skype calls to the three finalists — University of Alaska Fairbanks Director of Athletics Forrest Karr, University of North Dakota Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Sean Johnson and David Diles, the director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

In a release announcing Haynes as the university’s 14th president, Brian Cloyd, chair of the NMU Board of Trustees, said Haynes has been instructed by the board to, “immediately review both the provost and athletic director searches and to make a recommendation.”

While refusing to put in place an exact timeline, Haynes said he would like to wrap up these searches sooner rather than later.

“This is a top priority and it’s got to go quick,” Haynes said. “I have to get something to the board real quick, but I can’t tell you where they are.”



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