Alumni Honorees

Mimi Wolverton Mimi Wolverton

B.S. Mathematics, 1968


Dr. Wolverton is a nationally recognized authority on academic leadership. 

After working in administrative and consulting positions in the Midwest for over 20 years, Wolverton moved to Arizona and continued her education at Arizona State University where she received an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. After a one-year postdoc in the president’s office at ASU, she was hired as an assistant professor at Washington State University in 1995 where she reconfigured the higher education program and developed a new Ph.D. in student services leadership. Six years later, she was hired by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas to develop and coordinate a new Ph.D. in higher education.

During her academic career, Wolverton published over 30 refereed articles, more than 25 non-refereed articles and book chapters, and eight books. Her books include: The Changing Nature of Academic Deanship; Women at the Top; What College and University Women Presidents Say About Effective Leadership; Answering the Call: African-Americans in Higher Education Leadership; and Innovative Strategy Making in Higher Education. She was co-director of the National Center of Academic Leadership from 1998-2007. 

Since retiring two years ago as a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at UNLV, Wolverton has returned to her roots as a consultant, working with universities (including NIU) on her specialties: faculty and administrator leadership development, program development, and program marketing strategies.