David Haynes, Interim President Of Northern Michigan University, Has Grand Rapids Roots

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When David Haynes, the newly appointed interim president of Northern Michigan University, thinks back about his time in Grand Rapids, two ideas come to mind: collaboration and philanthropy.

Haynes, who was named as interim earlier this month, said it’s those two philosophies that he’ll bring to the presidency of Northern, a university with roughly 9,400 students located in the Upper Peninsula city of Marquette.

“I bring to Northern that I learned that culture matters, that collaboration matters, that developing a culture of philanthropic attitudes matters,” said Haynes, 64, who lived in Grand Rapids from the late 1970s to 2002.

During that time, he worked as an administrator at Grand Rapids Public Schools and a lobbyist for organizations ranging from Grand Valley State University to Meijer and Steelcase.

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