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July 30, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

The problem with the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees is that they are appointed members, therefore they are not subject to recall or impeachment.

That is indeed unfortunate, and thus they cannot be held to account for their actions other than from the Governor and Attorney General for the State of Michigan.

The NMU Board of Trustees secret appointment of David Haynes as NMU's interim president has proven that at this institution of higher learning it is not about teaching youth to succeed but showing them how political and corporate connections can open doors without regard for common decency and integrity.

As a supporter of NMU and its athletic programs I must admit a deep disgust I currently carry towards this board through their actions. I am sure that others feel the same.

I ask for the immediate resignation of the members of the Executive Committee who were involved in the "email" appointment of David Haynes. Brian Cloyd, John LaSalle, and Garnet Lewis have lost the faith of many and likely violated the Open Meetings Act without regard.

They blatantly rewarded a friend, business associate, and lobbyist with a contract extended to three years (with the last year being a sabatical) valued at that of outgoing eight year President Dr. Les Wong. At the same time raising tuition even while obtaining greater state funding versus last year.

The resignation or reassignment of Martha Haynes from her position as vice president. Clearly a conflict of interest exists with her reporting to her husband, David Haynes.

Start an immediate nationwide search for the next NMU president. End the payback in which outgoing Trustees Cloyd and LaSalle orchestrated. While it may be too late for the removal of David Haynes, the board can make ammends to those they have lost the trust of and others who have lost faith, lost faith that NMU's trustees true interest is that of the NMU brand and the students they serve, lost faith when Marquette's high society runs our taxpayer funded University in their mold and not ours.

Lastly, thanks to Steven Adamini for standing up for what he believes and protecting NMU. Also, a hearty thank you to Dr. Les Wong for his leadership and dedication over his eight years at NMU. Never have I been prouder to be a Wildcat than under his tenure.

Hopefully that pride will return one day.

Darren Muljo




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