Michael P. Malone
Vice President, University Advancement

Michael MaloneMichael Malone has been a leader at Northern Illinois University for more than 25 years in a variety of externally focused positions that have included directing publications, public relations, marketing, Northern Public Radio, university events, alumni relations and development.

As vice president for university advancement, Malone is currently responsible for alumni relations and fundraising. He has acted as CEO for both the NIU Alumni Association and the NIU Foundation. He is also a member of the NIU Alumni Board of Directors and an ex officio member of the NIU Foundation. The university undertook its first comprehensive fundraising campaign while Malone led the Advancement Division. With a goal of $150 million, the True North campaign closed on June 30, 2010 with a final total topping $162 million, despite coinciding with the worst economic downturn our nation has endured since the Great Depression.

Malone was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and attended Marist High School before enrolling at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He majored in political science, played rugby, helped organize food service workers, and most importantly, met his wife, Anne, while both worked part-time washing dishes at Illini Tower. While at the U of I he became interested in fiction writing, and won several university-wide awards for his short stories, including the inaugural J. Kerker Quinn Prize. He graduated with a B.S. degree, with honors, in 1973.

Based on his success as a fiction writer, he accepted an invitation to attend the Graduate Writer's Workshop at Bowling Green State University where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1975. During his time at Bowling Green he began to regularly publish short stories and novel excerpts in literary magazines and anthologies.

He taught literature, creative writing, and composition at the University of Illinois (both the Chicago and Urbana campuses) as a lecturer and visiting assistant professor until 1980, when he began working professionally in the field of public relations and advertising. During this period, Malone published dozens of stories, articles, and reviews in literary and mainstream periodicals including the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune Magazine, New Letters, Ascent, Sun-Times Book Week, Kansas Quarterly, and others. His stories have been anthologized in the P.E.N. Short Story Collection (Ballantine Books) and in the Itinerary Anthology, numbers 1 & 4.

In 1983 he received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Award for fiction. He has won two awards from the Illinois Arts Council for Fiction and won the P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Award, when his short story was chosen by Russell Baker for syndication to U.S. and Canadian newspapers.

Malone joined NIU in 1984 and was named to his current position as vice president for university advancement in 1998. He headed several special projects at the university including the Centennial Celebration, the Alumni Association vetting of Board of Trustees candidates, and the February 14 Memorial Committee.

He is active in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) the association for professionals in the field of advancement work. He has won nine gold, nine silver and eight bronze awards in its annual competition, served on the International Board of Directors, chaired the CASE District 5 board, and received its Distinguished Service Award, the highest recognition offered.

He has been married to his dish-washing co-worker, Anne, since 1977 and they have two daughters, Nora and Clare.