Gov. Rick Snyder has announced two appointments to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees, NMU’s eight-person governing body. Travis Weber of Detroit and Stephen Young of Lansing will replace trustees whose terms expire Dec. 31.
"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Weber and Mr. Young to our university family, and look forward to introducing them to our many recent accomplishments and treasured traditions,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “We hope they are excited to contribute their expertise in helping Northern take on even more strategic transformational endeavors."
“We’re delighted that individuals of their stature are joining our board and look forward to their contributions advancing Northern’s vision based on their wealth of experience,” said NMU Board Chair Robert Mahaney.
Weber is chief legal counsel for the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. He previously served as deputy legal counsel and senior policy adviser for the Michigan House of Representatives Republican Policy Office, and as an associate for Clark Hill, PLC. Weber serves on the board of advisers for the Michigan chapter of The Federalist Society and the board of commissioners for the State Bar of Michigan. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee. He replaces NMU Trustee Rick Popp.
“I’m thrilled to be appointed and look forward to continuing Northern’s already-great programs while seeing how we might expand its reach into the Detroit area,” Weber said. “As general counsel to the governor, we’ve faced a variety of issues in administering a complicated system like state government, which is a $50 billion a year organization with 50,000 employees. That experience might lend itself well to my new role on Northern’s board.”
Young is an owner and officer of Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI). He previously served as a manager of tax and regulatory affairs for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Young was a political science major and Payne Hall resident at NMU in 1975-76. He secured an internship in a Senate office in Lansing before completing his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Michigan State University. Young replaces Trustee Scott Holman.
“I’ve been familiar with Northern for a long time and I’m very excited for this opportunity to return to campus and help the university in any way I can,” Young said. “My career has required me to know finances and work with people with diverse interests to solve complex problems. I’m hoping to apply those skills in a way that benefits Northern as well.”
Weber and Young will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2026.