About the Program


Our History

The University Honors Program at Northern Illinois University was established in 1969. In 1982 the program's current structure of Lower Division Honors, Upper Division Honors, and University Honors was instituted.

The University Honors Program at Northern Illinois University seeks to provide an enriched educational experience for students of high intellectual potential who are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. Through specialized courses and academic advising, engaged learning opportunities, a customized living-learning community, and extracurricular programming, the University Honors Program strives to facilitate the development of creative and challenging educational encounters. Through collaborative interaction with the University's colleges and departments, these opportunities are provided for students in all academic disciplines.

The following individuals have served as directors of the program.

1969-1970 John Ulrich
1970-1974 Roger Irle
1974-1980 Jack Villmow
1980-1983 William Johnson
1983-1986 Eleanor Godfrey
1986-1991 Marion Miller
1991-1994 Jeff Chown
1994-1999 James Massey
1999-2002 John "Jay" Wagle
2002-2008 Michael Martin
2008-2009 Nancy Castle
2009-2011 Daniel Kempton
2011-2013 Christopher Jones*
2013-Present J.D. Bowers

*On July 1, 2011, the title of the administrative leader of the University Honors Program was changed from Director to Associate Vice Provost for University Honors.