Redefining the Classroom

Season of presidential transition at Lake State

Posted: June 11th, 2014

FAREWELL TO THE SEVENTH – Outgoing Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain and his wife, Melissa, enjoy photo memories shared by LSSU Public Safety Officer Chris Johnson during a campus farewell reception on June 9. Engineering lab manager Jon Coullard looks on from the left. McLain caps five years as LSSU's seventh president – almost to the day - on June 30. The McLains will maintain strong Upper Peninsula connections, with households on Sugar Island and in Kiva, in the central U.P. The couple's two beagles – Bandit and Casey – see to it that the McLains also get some quality time in the woods pursuing snowshoe hares. (LSSU/Kati Doty)

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UNPACKING THE EIGHTH – Incoming Lake Superior State University President Thomas Pleger and his wife, Teresa, embrace the enviable task of moving a Wisconsin household into its new Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., home on June 9. Both are coming to LSSU from the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, just north of Madison, Wis., where Dr. Pleger was campus executive officer and dean for eight years. Aside from running universities, Pleger's professional passions include anthropology and archeology of the western Great Lakes. Mrs. Pleger holds a degree in health education along with a master’s degree in education/professional development. Thomas Pleger becomes LSSU's eighth president on July 1. The extended Pleger family includes two dogs - Duke and Earl - a horse named Aldo, and a parrot, Silver. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.