MARQUETTE - Paul Lang has been named as Northern Michigan University's next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Lang has served as interim in that position since former Provost and Vice President Susan Koch in June, 2011 to become chancellor at the University of Illinois-Springfield.
NMU Interim President David Haynes said Lang is well qualified for the position.
"After much discussion and deliberation, I feel Dr. Paul Lang is the best fit for our administrative and academic team as we move the university forward on critical issues," Haynes said in a written statement. "The decision on a search for a new provost should be made by Northern's next president and our distinguished faculty, not by me."
Lang came to NMU in 1997 as a professor of criminal justice and head of the department. In addition to those responsibilities, he was appointed associate dean of the College of Professional Studies in 2002. He later served as interim head and director of the School of Technology and Applied Sciences before his promotion to college dean.
"Being interim provost and vice president for the past year has been a challenging but rewarding experience and I've learned a lot," Lang said in a written statement. "The university has some large initiatives in the works from the construction of a new academic building to expanding our partnership with Marquette General Health System through the Duke LifePoint agreement to a new strategic retention plan and I'm excited to be part of the leadership team bringing these efforts to fruition."
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