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Bailey Elected WMU President
KALAMAZOO — The Western Michigan University’s Board of Trustees this morning unanimously approved the selection of Judith Bailey as the seventh president of Western Michigan University.
The nomination of Bailey, who has been president of Northern Michigan University since 1997, was brought to the board by Trustee Sarah DeNooyer of Kalamazoo, and approved by the full board, which includes three trustees who were among 14 members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
With the board’s approval in hand, Bailey is now set to succeed Elson S. Floyd, who left WMU in January to become president of the University of Missouri system.
“I’ve been delighted with what I’ve learned about the university over the past few weeks and I’m intrigued by the tremendous sense of energy and commitment of the faculty, staff and students I’ve met,” Bailey said. “I literally cannot wait to become part of this community and help set its direction in what is clearly a challenging time — but one also filled with opportunity.”
Bailey will begin her presidency at WMU this summer at a date still to be determined. Daniel M. Litynski, will continue to serve as interim president until that time. Once Bailey takes office, Litynski plans to resume his post as WMU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.
In a separate action at the board meeting, trustees passed a resolution thanking Litynski for his service as interim president and praising his continuing work on behalf of the university.