WMU Eyes Bailey For Presidency

May 2, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University officials announced yesterday that Judith I. Bailey, president of Northern Michigan University, will be recommended for the presidency of WMU.

Trustees will vote May 9 to approve the nomination of Bailey as the seventh president of the university.

Bailey, who has been president of NMU since 1997, was among several candidates reviewed by the WMU Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

Once approved, she will succeed Elson S. Floyd, who left WMU in January to become president of the University of Missouri system.

“The advisory committee met with some outstanding candidates, but Dr. Bailey impressed us all with her strong academic and research background and her dedication to issues of critical importance to the future of this university,” said Birgit Klohs, chairperson of the WMU Board of Trustees and a member of the 14-person search advisory committee formed by the board last December.

“Dr. Bailey’s commitment to technology in higher education, her ability to forge strong relationships and her familiarity with state issues will be incredibly important assets in her role as WMU’s new president.”       

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