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2 new members appointed to NMU board

November 14, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will have two new faces come January, as both board Chairman Brian Cloyd and Vicechairman Jack LaSalle's terms will exprie at the end of the year.

Gov. Rick Snydr appointed NMU alumnus and Ishpeming native Steve Mitchell, of West Bloomfield, and Thomas Zurbuchen, of Ann Arbor, to fill the vacant seats.

"Northern Michigan University is critical to the success of the Upper Peninsula and our entire state," said Snyder in a written statement. "I am confident Steve and Thomas will provide outstanding guidance and leadership as NMU fulfills its mission."

Mitchell is chairman of Mitchell Research and Communications Inc., a position he has held since 1985. In this role, he has provided public relations, public affairs, marketing research and political consulting services to corporate, association and government clients in more than 40 states. Mitchell holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history from NMU and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the university in 2004. He replaces LaSalle.

Zurbuchen is associate dean of entrepreneurial programs at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering and founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He also serves as a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the university, where he has worked for more than 16 years. Zurbuchen received a master's degree in physics, mathematics and astronomy and a Ph.D. in physics, both from the University of Bern in Switzerland. He replaces Cloyd.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.



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