Our unique Michigan university embarked on its search for a new president when Dr. Tony McLain announced that he would be retiring in the coming year. Dr. McLain guided the university through a period of renewed accreditation and stabilizing finances as Michigan emerges from a difficult economic period. He leaves a healthy institution ready to face new challenges.
The LSSU Board of Trustees named three of its members to a search committee, who then created a nine-member committee representing LSSU faculty, staff, alumni, students and the community. On the left side of this page, you will find a timeline for the search, links to the nomination and application process, and description of both the university and the office.
Board of Trustees seeks to make decision on president in December
Now that the last of three candidates applying for the position of president at Lake Superior State University has visited campus and the community, the LSSU Board of Trustees seeks to make a decision on the position in early December.
Earlier this year, the board appointed a committee representing university, community, and alumni interests to look at candidates, and the committee narrowed the field to three who were invited to Sault Ste. Marie. They are: Thomas Pleger Ph.D., campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County; Joan Poor Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs at Truman State University; and Neal Weaver Ph.D., vice president of institutional advancement at West Texas A&M University.
“Over the past two weeks, we were very happy to bring these three very strong candidates to Sault Ste. Marie to meet stakeholders on the campus and in the LSSU community,” said Patrick Egan, chair of the search committee and of the LSSU Board of Trustees. “We wish to thank everyone involved.”
Egan said the Board of Trustees is looking forward to making a decision in the next few weeks.
“We have not set a date that is certain at this point, but the board is unanimous in its intention to make this decision, after careful deliberation, in early December. All three candidates have been notified of this timeline.
“It is going to be a difficult decision,” Egan continued. “We have three distinct candidates, all with strengths, and it is our task to make certain that we make the choice that is the best fit.”
Egan said the board expressed its gratitude to the search committee for the depth and breadth of the search, and the strong results that came from it. The group worked with executive search firm EFL Associates of Kansas.
“Having to make a difficult choice is the hallmark of a successful search,” he said. “It has taken a lot of time and effort on the committee's part and we truly appreciate their effort.”
Presidential Search Committee announces campus visits for candidates
The LSSU Presidential Search Committee is very pleased to be bringing three excellent candidates to meet the LSSU and Sault Ste. Marie communities this month. This is the opportunity to orient the candidates to our campus, our culture, and for us to understand the people who seek this very important post.
Thomas Pleger Ph.D., campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, will visit campus Nov. 10-11. (Visit Concluded)
Joan Poor Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs at Truman State University, will visit campus on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17-18. (Visit Concluded)
Neal R. Weaver Ph.D., vice president of institutional advancement at West Texas A&M University, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 19-20.
The candidates will get a tour of Sault Ste. Marie and campus on the first day of their stay, followed by dinner with the LSSU Foundation and a meeting with students in the evening. On the following day, they will have breakfast with members of the community and then meet throughout the day with a variety of campus employee groups. They will conclude their visits with a meeting and dinner with the LSSU Board of Trustees, including past members of the board, and members of the search committee.