There will be a change in presidency at Northern Michigan University after an announcement released on Thursday.
President Les Wong will be leaving NMU. He has accepted a position as president of San Francisco State University in California, his home state. Replacing him will be David Haynes who has been affiliated with NMU for 27 years.
"I am extremely honored to take the leadership of one of the gems of the California state system," said Wong. "My years in service to Northern Michigan University and to the Upper Peninsula will not be forgotten. Northern's magic is special, and Phyllis and I are fortunate to have been a part of its evolution."
Haynes will take over for Wong as the 14th president of NMU on May 14 for a minimum two-year term.
"It is a privilege to have been selected as president by the NMU Board of Trustees and to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater in this capacity," said Haynes.
Haynes has acted as an associate professor of political science and public administration for the past six years and directs the Master of Public Administration degree program. He received a bachelor's degree from NMU and a juris doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.
Wong joined NMU as president in June of 2004. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer him the position.
"Dr. Wong has been an engaging leader and tireless advocate of NMU," said Brian Cloyd, chair of the university's Board of Trustees. "He is committed to the high-quality education and learning in a rapidly changing world that Northern provides and has recognized the importance of community engagement and collaboration."
Wong served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Valley City State University in North Dakota before taking the job at NMU. He will start his new job at SFSU on August 1. Les and Phyllis Wong are looking at leaving Marquette in July.