On April 16, NMU’s newest staff member, former deputy legal counsel and tribal governments liaison to Gov. Rick Snyder, David Nyberg began serving as director of corporate
This title is a new position that has never formally existed at Northern until now.
“The corporate engagement office will enhance student scholarship and career readiness opportunities by establishing strategic partnerships with entities that support Northern’s mission and vision,” Nyberg said.
As NMU’s primary liaison to corporations and foundations, his role is to maintain existing relationships and establish partnerships that bring new resources and opportunities to students, faculty and staff. Collaborations with industry partners may include capital investment or sponsorships to support academic facilities or student housing at Northern, internship programs and equipment for research and training needs, Nyberg said. He added he intends to find venues to assist students’ career achievement goals after graduation.
“Supporting academic and career achievement is at the core of Northern Michigan University’s mission,” Nyberg said.
Nyberg will report to Brad Canale, CEO of the NMU Foundation, who voted on the committee to hire him.
“Dave is the right person for the job, and the role, due to his relationships across the U.P. and Michigan and his experience in completing diverse transactions. His network will be an important asset in achieving desired outcomes,” Canale said.
Nyberg said his experience as director of the governor’s Northern Michigan office in Marquette allowed him to work with Northern on projects like the Education Access Network investment partnership, [email protected] Marquette SmartZone partnership and the Forensic Research Outdoor Station property agreement.
Originally from Gladstone, Nyberg completed his undergraduate studies and law school at Michigan State University. He returned to the U.P. with his family and performed legal work for organizations like Trout Unlimited, Michigan United Conservation Club and National Wildlife Federation before joining the Snyder administration. Nyberg served as liaison to tribal governments on behalf of the state and worked with tribal leaders on legislation such as the Michigan Native American Heritage Master Plan, information about child welfare cases, and assisted in creating the Michigan Native American Heritage Fund.
Nyberg said his first task is to familiarize himself with what’s happening on campus.
“I’m looking forward to engaging directly with students and faculty to hear their perspective on how their goals can be achieved through strategic corporate partnerships and stewardship.”
He cited the Marshall Plan for Talent, a $100 million initiative proposed by Gov. Snyder, as one of the first opportunities to pursue career preparedness at