Former Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees member Thomas Baldini passed
away Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Marquette General Hospital following an apparent stroke over
the weekend. He was 74.
Baldini, a prominent name in Upper Peninsula civics and politics, was appointed to
the Board of Trustees by then-Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2009. He served on the
board from January of 2010 until December 31, 2016.
At the time of his appointment, Baldini said, “It’s a great honor to be named by the
governor to be a member of Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees. Being a member of the
Board of one of the four distinguished research universities in the state with a national
and international reputation carries with it a great responsibility.”
Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz says Baldini will be missed. “Tom served for eight
years on Michigan Tech’s Board, coming on as a Trustee during the very difficult times
of the great recession. Many of his years were spent on the Finance and Audit committee. He’d
ask the tough questions, but he never wavered from his focus that student success
was the key to Michigan Tech’s future as well as Michigan and the Nation’s future. He
was a good friend who will be missed.”
Dale Tahtinen served as Michigan Tech’s Vice President for Governmental Relations
and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Tathinen said his relationship with Baldini
goes back to their college days at Northern Michigan University. “He always loved
politics and the process as a teacher, a practitioner and citizen who strongly believed
in our two-party system and the need for everyone to be involved,” Tahtinen said.
Among the University’s accomplishments during Baldini’s service on the Board were
the Great Lakes Research Center, the Pavlis Honors College and the McAllister Visitor’s
A household name in Upper Peninsula politics, Baldini served as Governor James Blanchard’s