- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - Lake Superior State University’s Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that it has selected University of Wisconsin official Thomas Pleger as the northern Michigan school’s next president.

The roughly 3,000-student university said that it is expected to formalize Pleger’s appointment at the board’s regular meeting on Friday.

“LSSU is an institution with remarkable history and tradition, geographic location, and commitment to quality, both in and out of the classroom,” Pleger said in a statement. “It is a time of great challenge and opportunity in higher education, and I am looking forward to the work we will do together.”

Pleger will be the Sault Ste. Marie school’s eighth president. He’s replacing current school President Tony McLain, who announced in 2012 that he would be retiring.

Pleger is campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, and was one of three finalists for the LSSU post. He currently is responsible for the liberal arts/professional studies campus operations, including academics, budget and fundraising.

“He is a proven manager and administrator and an excellent academician,” said Patrick Egan, chairman of the LSSU Board of Trustees.

Prior to taking the position at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, he was associate campus dean at UW-Fox Valley.

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