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News Release

 Contact: Melanie Magara, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-1681

April 14, 2006

On-campus interviews to begin next week

DeKalb – Two sitting provosts and a dean, all three currently serving in top leadership positions at large land-grant universities, are finalists in NIU’s search for a new executive vice president and provost.

Raymond W. Alden III, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Kathleen A. Long, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing at University of Florida, Gainesville; and Jay Noren, M.D., executive vice president and provost at University of Nebraska, are finalists in a national search to replace retiring NIU Provost Ivan Legg.

“I am delighted with the work of the search committee and the extraordinary qualifications of all three candidates recommended for interview,” said NIU President John Peters.

“NIU’s next provost will bear much of the responsibility for helping NIU become the nation’s premier regional public university,” Peters said. “That will involve creating a great intellectual environment, enhancing the student experience, driving an aggressive research agenda, expanding our graduate programs, creating sustainable scholarly and creative initiatives, encouraging active engagement in our region and continuing our efforts to internationalize the campus. All three of these candidates bring excellent qualifications in those areas as well as great enthusiasm about NIU,” he added.

On-campus interviews with members of the NIU campus community and leadership begin next week and continue through the first week of May. Each candidate will spend two-and-a-half days on campus, meeting with individuals, small groups and in open forums with faculty and staff in Altgeld 315:

  • Kathleen Long (April 19 – 21): Faculty forum on Thursday, April 20 @ 2:10 p.m.
    Staff forum on Friday, April 21 @ 10:15 a.m.
  • Raymond Alden (April 26 – 28): Faculty forum on Thursday, April 27 @ 2:10 p.m.
    Staff forum on Friday, April 28 @ 10:15 a.m.
  • Jay Noren (April 30 – May 2): Faculty forum on Monday, May 1 @ 2:10 p.m.
    Staff forum on Tuesday, May 2 @ 10:15 a.m.

Raymond Alden is executive vice president and provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida, as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He began his academic career at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University System of North Carolina before moving on to a joint appointment in the Institute of Oceanography and Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University.

In 1982 Alden was named director of ODU’s multidisciplinary Applied Marine Research Laboratory where, over the next 15 years, he led efforts that attracted $50 million in research funding, $10 million in support for faculty release time and summer salaries and funding for some 350 undergraduate and 400 graduate research positions.

In 1997, Alden was chosen to lead the College of Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During his tenure as dean, Alden led efforts to develop five new degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels and double extramural funding for research. He was appointed interim provost at UNLV in 2000, accepted permanent appointment to that position in 2001, and in 2002 was awarded the additional title of executive vice president. Since that time, UNLV has increased enrollment by nearly 30 percent; developed 40 new degree programs including 12 new doctoral degrees; developed 28 research and service centers; and hired 350 new faculty members, of whom nearly one quarter are members of underrepresented groups.

In addition to his duties at UNLV, Alden serves as chair of the Committee on Institutional Quality and Effectiveness of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and is also a member of the executive committee of NASULGC’s Council on Academic Affairs.

Kathleen Long is dean of the College of Nursing at the Health Science Center of the University of Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in behavioral sciences from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as a master’s degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit and a bachelor’s in nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She began her career at the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. She later joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and advanced through academic ranks there and in subsequent positions at University of Maryland, Montana State University, and Oregon Health Sciences University. Her administrative experience includes positions as assistant dean of nursing at Husson College in Bangor, Maine; dean of nursing at Montana State University in Bozeman; and her
current role as dean of the College of Nursing at University of Florida.

During her tenure at Florida, Long established the College of Nursing Office of Research Support to fund interdisciplinary research. Her fundraising efforts on behalf of UF’s nursing college total more than $8 million to date, including $3 million used for creation of Florida’s first nursing faculty practice program. Beyond her own college, Long provides university-level leadership as a member of the UF Foundation Board of Directors and chair of its Development Oversight Committee. Her efforts to internationalize nursing education at UF have resulted in a formal collaboration between the University of Florida and the Medical University of Gdansk – the nation’s first partnership with schools of nursing in Poland.

Closer to home, Long has established numerous cooperative degree programs, including a five-university initiative to expand doctoral education in nursing, and a statewide articulation agreement that links universities and community colleges across Florida to expand nursing degree completion opportunities. On the national level, Long has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations, most recently as president of the nation’s largest nursing education organization, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She has also served on national advisory boards to the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy and President Clinton’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform, and represented AACN at President Bush’s recent Oval Office signing of the Nurse Reinvestment Act.

Jay Noren is executive vice president, provost and dean of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska. He holds an M.D. from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in public health from Harvard University. He also received two bachelor’s degrees from Minnesota, including one with an emphasis in chemical engineering. He began his academic career at Baylor University, advancing through the faculty ranks in various teaching and research positions at Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin – Madison and Texas A&M University. His administrative experience includes positions as director of the Center for Health Policy and Program Evaluation and vice chancellor for health services at Wisconsin; interim chancellor at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; president of the Health Sciences Center at the Texas A&M University System; and director of the Health Workforce Project at the National Institute of Health Policy at University of Minnesota. In 2002, Noren was named to his current position as executive vice president and provost and dean of the graduate college at University of Nebraska.

Noren’s background in academic administration began in the health sciences and evolved into positions that span the higher education continuum of pre-baccalaureate, baccalaureate, graduate and professional studies, as well as state- and national-level health and education policy initiatives. In his current position, Noren has developed new funding sources for targeted faculty research, and administers annual grants awards from the $12 million Nebraska State Research Fund. He likewise enjoyed success in pursuit of extramural funding at the University of Wisconsin, where he served on the steering committee for that university’s $350 million capital campaign. Noren’s own research has received more than $4 million in support from a variety of public and private funding agencies.

Throughout Noren’s career, he has provided expert assistance to state and federal lawmakers in areas related to health policy and education reform. He served as a Robert Wood Johnson congressional fellow during the 1980s and also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as an advisor to senior congressional leaders on appropriations and budget committees. At Nebraska, Noren’s interest in education policy reform has continued through such initiatives as a new need-based financial aid program that supplements federal aid for underprivileged students. On the national level, Noren serves as chair of NASULGC’s Council on Academic Affairs in Intercollegiate Athletics and as a commissioner and member of the executive committee of the Midwest Higher Education Commission.

Complete biographical information and curriculum vitaes for each candidate may be accessed
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