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      NMU's provost leaving the university

      Dr. Susan Koch, Northern Michigan University's vice president for academic affairs and provost, will be leaving in June to join the University of Illinois-Springfield staff.

      Koch will be joining the UIS staff as the new chancellor on July 1.

      "Dr. Koch's move to the chancellorship of UIS is indicative of the leadership skills honed at NMU," said NMU President Les Wong. "She was instrumental in raising the reputation of academics, enhancing the quality of the student experience and securing an exemplary accreditation report."

      Wong said he plans to name an interim provost by the end of the current semester, and a replacement will be sought for during the 2011-2012 school year.

      "Every college president is proud when one of his senior team moves to a presidency of her own," Wong added.

      Koch expressed her gratefulness to work with the president and other staff of NMU. She also expressed her fondness of the U.P.

      "My husband and I have greatly enjoyed living in the Upper Peninsula and will always cherish many great memories of our time in Marquette," said Koch.