By unanimous decision, the new President of Northern Michigan was announced Tuesday. Fritz Erickson of Ferris State University is the new president of NMU.

The Board of Trustees voted today and they say they couldn’t have selected a better candidate. Erickson comes with extensive experience. He currently serves as the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

“It was picking the right fit. We are excited about picking Fritz Erickson, he’s got great credentials and he has the right kind of personality that we believe will really help Northern take another step and move to the future,” Board of Trustees Chair Rick Popp said.

A phone call delivered the news to the new President. As his name will now be a part of NMU’s history, his repertoire includes accomplishments at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, and Michigan Tech. He is noted for increasing enrollment in all of his former advanced positions.

“If you look on paper to begin with, he’s held so many different key positions. As a teacher in the early days, as a professor and working up through the administration and then as a provost now, every job he has held he has succeeded in that job,” continued Popp.

Interim NMU President David Haynes’ two–year term runs through June 30. The hope is to have Erickson in place by July 1.