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      Northern Michigan University continues search for new president

      Northern Michigan University's search for a new president is right on track, at least that's what we heard from the search committee in an update Wednesday afternoon.

      Sook Wilkinson, chair of the presidential search committee, addressed media on campus Wednesday, speaking about the selection process. Wilkinson was joined by new Board of Trustees chair, Rick Popp, and past board chair, Gam Lewis.

      All three spoke very highly of interim NMU president David Haynes, who took over for Les Wong, who left in 2012. Wilkinson explained some of the characteristics needed in presidential candidates.

      "Experience and proven record, proven track record of development will be essential and also understanding the finances will be very important," said Wilkinson. "So it's very critical that the candidate has these qualities."

      Once the committee has narrowed down the candidates to two to four people, they'll be invited to campus for interviews in April. The committee hopes to have the new president selected and in place by July 1.