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Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees Accepts Resignation of President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley

The Board of Trustees of Lake Superior State University has accepted the resignation of Dr. Rodney S. Hanley as president of the institution. He had been in the role since July 2018.

LSSU Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lynn G. Gillette has been appointed interim president effective immediately. The board will begin a national search for the next president of LSSU imminently.

“We wish Dr. Hanley and his family all the best in their future endeavors,” said Tim Lukenda, chair of the LSSU Board of Trustees. “It is time to look forward and maintain our focus on this great institution and all of the wonderful things it has to offer our students of today and in the future.” Read More.

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Lake Superior State University Creates its First Endowed Faculty Position with $1 Million Gift

Lake Superior State University has created its first endowed faculty position through a $1 million gift.

Dr. Marty Vanderploeg, CEO of Workiva, an Ames, Iowa-based provider of cloud-based and mobile-enabled platforms for enterprises, bestowed the seven-figure gift to establish the Martin Vanderploeg Endowed Assistant Director of Research at the Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education (Barch CFRE), named after his father. Eighty percent of the funding is allocated for salary and 20 percent for research for the endowed position. Read More.


Former LSSU President and First Lady Establish First LGBTQ+ Scholarship at LSSU

Former Lake Superior State University President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley and his wife, Sara Gunhus-Hanley, have created a scholarship that will provide financial assistance to students who excel in their contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied community (LGBTQ+) at LSSU.

Known as the Rodney S. Hanley and Sara Gunhus-Hanley LGBTQ+ Endowed Scholarship, it will benefit a student who exemplifies leadership and service within the university LGBTQ+ community, study, and research vis-à-vis LGBTQ+ issues and a commitment to supporting the progress of LGBTQ+ civil rights movements. This scholarship, worth $1,200 annually, is the first of its kind at LSSU. Read More.

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We Kid You Not: GOAT Tops Inflection Point, Quiet Quitting, and Gaslighting as Greatest Of All Time Words and Terms that Lake Superior State University Banishes for 2023

Stop resorting to imprecise, trite, and meaningless words and terms of seeming convenience! You’re taking the lazy way out and only confusing matters by over-relying on inexact, stale, and inane communication!

Language monitors across the country and around the world decried the decrepitude and futility of basic methods to impart information in their mock-serious entries for Lake Superior State University’s annual tongue-in-cheek Banished Words List. LSSU announces the results of the yearly compendium on Dec. 31 to start the New Year on the right foot, er, tongue. Read More.