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      Lake Superior State University names new president

      Thomas Pleger, named next president of Lake Superior State University

      Lake Superior State University announced the hiring of a new university president on Tuesday.

      Thomas Pleger Ph.D. has been selected by the LSSU Board of Trustees to be the next president, with the formal appointment expected to happen on January 24.

      Pleger is currently the campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County.

      "I am truly honored by the opportunity to serve as the next president of Lake Superior State University," said Pleger. "LSSU is an institution with remarkable history and tradition, geographic location, and commitment to quality, both in and out of the classroom. It is a time of great challenge and opportunity in higher education, and I am looking forward to the work we will do together to move this great institution forward with a continued commitment to excellence and innovation."

      The Board of Trustees expects Pleger to fit well within LSSU as a proven manager and administrator.

      "He is a proven manager and administrator, and an excellent academician who knows the challenges we face," said Patrick Egan, Board of Trustees chairman. "This is an exciting time in LSSU's history."

      Pleger grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin and is no stranger to the Great Lakes. Pleger has been with the University of Wisconsin system since 2001 at various locations and received the Lapham Research Medal from the Wisconsin Archaeological Society for his research.