NMU program removed from elimination list
MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University has received notification that its Army Reserve Officer Training Corp program has been removed from the list of programs facing elimination.
In October, NMU was told its 44-year-old program was one of 13 that would be closed as of May 2015. The Army’s new decision indicates that enrollment and officer commission rates of the 13 programs will be monitored for an additional year before any final decisions related to closures are determined.
NMU President David Haynes said Army representatives spoken to by NMU representatives and federal and state legislators acknowledged the quality of NMU’s program.
“Northern Michigan University sincerely thanks U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek, their staff members, as well as State Senator Tom Casperson, Representative John Kivela and the full Michigan Legislature for all of the support they’ve provided over the past month in helping us to appeal the elimination of our ROTC program,” said Haynes. “They stepped up immediately to back our U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard cadets. They helped us get the message across that NMU is a place that trains extremely high-caliber officers at a very affordable price.”
Since it opened in 1969, NMU’s program has graduated nearly 400 students. It currently has 65 cadets. Although affiliated with the U.S. Army, the Northern program also serves the Michigan National Guard.