NMU Board of Trustees

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University will recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the school’s calendar on the second Monday of October each year.

The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation last week. Native groups and others say Columbus Day ignores the colonization of America and subjugation of Indigenous peoples.

NMU President Fritz Erickson says Indigenous Peoples Day is important to campus as well as the region with its rich Native American culture and history.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The following is a press release from Northern Michigan University:

Northern Michigan University is using a strategic combination of investments, university and federal aid, and cost-saving efforts to address tuition rates, coronavirus safety concerns and uncertain fiscal year 2021 state funding. The strategy could amount to a zero net increase for many students for the fall semester. It also keeps NMU’s tuition and fees second most affordable in the state for the 17th consecutive year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is starting a week earlier this fall, in anticipation of returning to face-to-face instruction.

Classes will begin August 17 and end before Thanksgiving on November 24.

The NMU Board of Trustees held a virtual meeting Monday and approved the revised academic calendar. President Fritz Erickson says the new schedule is designed to prevent students from traveling home, then coming back to campus to complete the semester. He notes officials are keeping the possibility of a fall resurgence of COVID-19 in mind. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a motion to offer a credit to students who check out of their residence halls before April 3.

The credit totals $820 and includes a carryover of any Dining Dollars to next semester for those to choose to leave. They may also forgo the credit and stay on campus until the semester ends May 2.

The decision to offer the credit was made at a special meeting of the Board this week via Zoom technology.


MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved room and board rates for the 2020-21 academic year.

A double-occupancy room in a traditional residence hall and the “silver constant” meal pass will cost $5,396 per semester. That’s an increase of $149, or 2.84 percent. A double-occupancy room in The Woods complex with the same dining plan will cost $5,813 per semester, an increase of $163, or 2.88 percent.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made an appointment to Northern Michigan University’s Board of Trustees. 

Donna Murray-Brown of Detroit will fill the spot vacated by Bridget Summers, who moved out of state and had to resign. Murray-Brown is president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. She leads the MNA’s strategic direction and overall operations.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees Friday approved $5 million in investments for academic programs and essential services in the U.P.

The money will be used to establish the Northern Michigan Center for Rural Health on campus. It aims to create an integrated health care network to serve U.P. residents and create related academic programs. The initial network partners are NMU, the Bay Mills and Lac Vieux Desert Indian Communities, the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network, the Family Health Center in Houghton and the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has raised tuition and fees by 4.9 percent for the coming school year for full-time resident undergraduates. 

The board approved rates for the 2019-2020 academic year at a meeting Thursday on campus. The combined average cost for tuition and fees will be $5,796 per semester, an increase of $271 per semester. The combined rate increase of tuition and fees and room and board amounts to 2.9 percent.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has named a Baraga woman to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. 

Bridget Summers will fill the vacancy created by the unexpected death of Travis Weber in February.

Summers is vice president of the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce and director of the Village of L’Anse Downtown Development Association. She previously served as director of Settlements and Global Operation at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A newly appointed member of the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has died unexpectedly. 

University administrators say Travis Weber, 33, passed away on Monday. No cause of death was given.