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Three NMU Trustees Among Whitmer Appointments

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced three new appointments to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees.

They are:
• Brigitte LaPointe-Dunham, of Baraga, who is the CEO for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NMU;
• Steven Lindberg, of Marquette, a former state representative, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NMU;
• Greg M. Toutant, of Negaunee, who is the CEO of Great Lakes Recovery Center, who earned his bachelor’s degree from NMU.

The appointments must be confirmed by the Senate.

Learn more about the nominees here.

Whitmer also named two new members to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

They are:
• David Nyberg, of Marquette, who is Executive Director of Business Engagement and Economic Development at Northern Michigan University. Nyberg will represent political independents.
• John Walters, of Gaylord, the Territory Sales Manager for the Palmer Donavin building supply company. He will represent Republicans on the commission.

Those appointments must also be approved by the state senate.

And, with Democrats now in control of the process, the governor brought back two appointees who had earlier been derailed by state Republicans. 

Former state Representative Jon Hoadley from Kalamazoo has been named to the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees. Former professor Michael Ryan of Big Rapids has been appointed to the Ferris State University Board of Trustees.

Both nominations were rejected by the GOP-controlled senate last April, but both should receive a better reception now.

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