MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University has a new academic leader.
Susan Koch was named NMU's provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2008. She came to NMU from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was the dean of the graduate college and associate provost.
"I was attracted to Northern Michigan University because it is a dynamic institution, proud of its heritage, with talented faculty and staff and a really optimistic, can-do attitude," Koch said. "Also, NMU obviously plays an absolutely central role in the economic and cultural development of the region and state. All of these factors combined made Northern a desirable destination for an educator."
- Susan Koch
Koch said she is excited about Northern's breadth of instructional and academic programs, as well as its internationalization efforts, and is intrigued by the Superior Edge program, which could serve as a role model for other universities.
"My husband (Dennis) and I loved Marquette from the moment we got there. We're very interested in communities that have interesting histories and Marquette was just bursting with stories to tell. The natural landscape is incredible. Who could not be immediately engaged in its beauty? The area offered all of the things that we like to do."
Koch was one of four finalists invited to Northern for interviews. President Les Wong said she consistently emerged as the top candidate across all campus constituencies.
"Dr. Koch brings the creativity, experience and style that Northern will need to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges," Wong added. "She is a successful administrator and passionate about student learning."