About a month ago I praised Northern Michigan University for how they find people to replace the higher-ups by using a search committee and allowing the candidates to present to the public about what they would do if they received the job that they applied for.
I still stand by what I said and I think that it's a really good idea to allow not only the campus community, but also the Marquette community to get to know the candidates and to voice their opinion on them. But the one thing that I don't agree with is how long it takes to make a decision after all the candidates have had a chance to state their cases.
NMU has been without a provost for almost a year now ever since Susan Kroch left last summer. A year seems like a long time for a position not to be filled. The candidates were brought to campus back in March to take a campus tour and make their public presentation. Two months later and there is still no announcement made on who will fill the the position.
I understand that it takes a while for a position like this to be filled but I don't see what the hold up is. With the president position now going through a turnover it seems NMU needs the higher-up positions to be filled so that there is some sort of stability at the university.
The second position that has still yet to be filled is the athletic director. The previous athletic director, Ken Godfrey, officially stepped down from his position in late January of this year due to health problems. When the announcement was made that Godfrey was stepping down it was also announced in the same press release that NMU planned on having the new athletic director hired by May 1 and starting soon after.
It is now 20 days past that date and still there has not been a decision made on who will be the new athletic director. The candidates were brought to campus in mid-April for a tour and their public presentation. So again I ask, what is the hold up? The athletic department is very important to the university and the surrounding communities, so I think it really needs someone at the helm helping to build it up even more.
I'm not saying the interims in those positions aren't doing great jobs. I just think that with having an interim president now it might help things go a little smoother on campus if there wasn't so much up in the air.
Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.