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The primary research and information source for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and beyond.

WHO WE ARE

Rural Insights is “focused on our core mission of trying to take the world around us and explain it to people in an authoritative and digestible way” (M. Schmidt, journalist). We want to ensure that citizens and policy makers have data, facts, perspective and information to make informed decisions about the Upper Peninsula and life in rural areas.

We provide a forum for citizen journalism and citizen opinion to tell about life in rural areas and the Upper Peninsula.

We are committed to the philosophy that knowledge and truth equals power for all citizens.

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OUR PURPOSE

Rural Insights strives to accomplish the following things:

  1. Ensure citizens have accurate and nonpartisan information about issues that impact rural life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and beyond.
  2. Ensure that citizens and policymakers have the data, facts, and information to make informed decisions about the Upper Peninsula and life in this rural area.
  3. Amplify the data and information about life in the Upper Peninsula in the halls of power and decision making at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as in the media.
  4. Find the underlying facts about the issues that most impact the lives of residents of the Upper Peninsula.
  5. Provide underlying facts and data so that citizens of the Upper Peninsula can draw their own conclusions and speak truth to power.
  6. Encourage student and faculty research at Northern Michigan University on issues of importance and reality to the people of the Upper Peninsula.
  7. Provide a forum of citizen journalism and citizen opinion that illustrates life in rural America, the Upper Peninsula, its cities, townships, and villages.

Truth & knowledge equals power.

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Leadership Team

David S. Haynes, JD

Director & Editor

Professor of Public Administration
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
College of Arts and Science
Northern Michigan University
148 Whitman Hall
dhaynes@nmu.edu
Office: (906) 227-1899

David S. Haynes, JD – Bio

Professor David Haynes teaches in the Master of Public Administration graduate program at Northern Michigan University.  He is a tenured, Professor of Public Administration.  He previously served as President of Northern Michigan University.

Professor Haynes has worked and served in the federal, state and local levels of government.  He has extensive experience in public administration, public policy and politics.   He has been involved in the public administration and political science field for over 45 years. 

He has also served as a special assistant to former Michigan Governor James Blanchard. where he was the Governor’s leading spokesperson on regulatory matters and other related issues as the State Business Ombudsman.  He has also worked in the state legislature, where he specialized in education, health care and corporate policy issues.  Professor Haynes has been employed in the non profit sector and has served on many national and state non profit boards.  In addition, he has been a partner in a public policy and crisis management firm that represented some of the nation’s premier non profit and for profit corporations.   He has also served on college/ university, corporate and foundation boards of trustees.  

Professor Haynes holds a Juris Doctor degree and is an alumnus of Northern Michigan University.   He also did graduate studies at the City University of New York and undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland.  He did post graduate studies in negotiations at Harvard University.  

He resides in Marquette, Michigan, with his wife Martha.

Brian D. Cherry, PhD

Research Faculty

Department of Political Science and Public Administration
College of Arts and Science
Northern Michigan University
260 Gries Hall
bcherry@nmu.edu
Office: (906) 227-1823

Brian D. Cherry, PhD – Bio

Brian D. Cherry is a Professor of Political Science at Northern Michigan University.  His research focus is on local government management and higher education.

His recent works have appeared in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Journal of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Review. He teaches courses in state and local government, politics of education, and public administration. Dr. Cherry has served as the Assistant Provost for Graduate Education and Research (2012-2015), the Head of the Department of Political Science (2006-2011), Director of the Master of Public Administration program (2001-2010), and was the co-founder of the Center for Rural Economic and Community Development (2011). 

Dr. Cherry was elected to the Marquette Area Public Schools Board in 2010 and 2016.  He has chaired of the finance committee and was Vice President.  He also serves on the Teaching Family Homes Board and is the Treasurer for the Local Development Finance Authority. 

Dr. Cherry has his Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. from Indiana State University and Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern Indiana.