LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement Sunday upon hearing the news of the sudden death of Lake Superior State University President Thomas Pleger late Saturday night:
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Tom Pleger. This is heartbreaking news for his family, Lake Superior State, and the entire Northern Michigan community.
“Tom was dedicated to higher education and the importance of liberal education, and he was overwhelmingly committed to the success of the students of LSSU.
“Outside his professional career, Tom along with his wife Teresa loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hours on the St. Marys River and the Great Lakes.
“Tom Pleger will be missed. My condolences go out to Teresa and the LSSU community.”