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NMU Board asked for Erickson's resignation before he was fired

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The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees negotiated for President Fritz Erickson’s resignation for about six weeks before he was fired on Friday.

Board Chair Tami Seavoy said members wanted Erickson to leave voluntarily by the end of this year. The former president refused to step down when he learned his wife wouldn’t get compensation if Erickson died before the negotiated payout date. That prompted the board to terminate Erickson’s contract immediately.

Trustee Steve Young said during Friday’s online meeting that declining enrollment cannot be accepted. Northern’s enrollment was 8,781 when Erickson took office in 2014. It stands at 7,214 this semester.

Trustees will discuss Erickson’s interim replacement at its regular meeting on Friday.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.