This week, we at the Archives started compiling our resources about a former NMU President, William Vandament.
Vandament was born in Missouri in 1931. In 1952, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Quincy College. He later earned a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1953 and a second Master’s in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1963. To round out his educational experience, he received his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1964. Before coming to Northern he held various positions at the State University of New York, Ohio State University, New York University, and California State University.
In 1991, Vandament was named NMU’s interim president after Dr. James Appleberry, and in April of ’92 he became the permanent president after a failed national search. During his reign at NMU he faced many budget cuts and setbacks but always came out ahead. Despite the many efforts to save Longyear Hall, President Vandament had no choice but to have it demolished in 1993. However, during his time as president (’92-’97), 53 construction, expansion, and renovation projects were undertaken. Major construction projects included renovating the University Center, Gries Hall and the Vielmetti Health Center, the Learning Resource Center, Thomas Fine Arts, and West Science. As part of the West Science Renovation, the Glenn T. Seaborg wing was added. Vandament also helped to make construction of the famous Superior Dome possible.
President Vandament rightfully won numerous awards during his tenure, and the Vandament Volleyball Arena was named in his honor. In just five short years at NMU he guided the university forward and laid a foundation for years to come.
For more information about President Vandament, visit the Archives in Room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks).
Prepared by Alexandria Eisner and Olivia Ernst.