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Presidential Search


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.


Search Update, January 21, 2014

Thomas Pleger, Ph.D
The university has reached an agreement with Dr. Pleger and is expected to formalize his appointment at its regular meeting on Jan. 24 in the LSSU Walker Cisler Center.

Pleger, who is campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, was one of three finalists chosen by a search committee who reviewed candidates for the position over the past several months. The committee, which included members of the campus and Sault Ste. Marie community and was led by LSSU Board of Trustees Chair Patrick Egan, was assisted by executive recruitment firm EFL Associates.

Pleger replaces current LSSU President Tony McLain, who announced in 2012 that he would be retiring. He will be LSSU’s eighth president.






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