MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – After more than a year of searching for a permanent president Northern Michigan University officially welcomed Brock Tessman onto campus today as he begins his term as the 17th leader of the school
Brock Tessman had a busy schedule today traveling around NMU’s campus and the city of Marquette. Tessman met with local education leaders and various student groups along the way.
While visiting a college of business event he outlined his priorities as he takes over the reins at Northern. Putting focus on enrollment and retention, Tessman says “I think even more of it is in focusing on students who are already here and making sure they have what they need to succeed and graduate.”
So far students are optimistic about the new president, Junior Lexi Hagan says “from first impression i think he’s gonna do pretty well.”
Tessman is still learning about the campus and different programs at Northern, but he is eager to see everything the college has to offer and find ways to build upon what is already here. “It’s exciting to see how this college is connected to sustainability and entrepreneurship” Tessman continues “But I have to say this is an area I need to learn before I make any big decisions but there is so much to build on at Northern.”
But there are some other things students would like tessmen to focus on. Campus parking is an issue students would like the new president to address.
Tessman says that he is excited to connect with alumni, parents and everyone in the northern community. Saying it’s nice to finally be able to officially say it’s a great day to be a wildcat.