Executive Vice President and Provost

Ray Alden

Lisa C. Freeman was appointed Executive Vice President and Provost in May 2014. She has focused her academic career on bringing people and resources together to solve complex problems. In July 2010, Freeman joined Northern Illinois University (NIU) as the Vice President for Research and Graduate studies, and a Professor of Biology. The Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies is the senior academic officer for research, artistry, and graduate programming. In 2011, she was appointed to the Illinois Innovation Council, a diverse group of leaders convened by Governor Quinn to improve support for innovation and align public and private resources. Since joining NIU, Freeman has also been invited to serve on the boards of directors of the Fermi Research Alliance, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, and the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Partnership, as well as on the executive committees of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education and the American Council on Education Council of Fellows.

Freeman earned a bachelor's degree in 1981 and a master's degree and a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1986 from Cornell University. She went on to earn a doctoral degree in pharmacology at The Ohio State University in 1989. Prior to joining the faculty of K-State University in 1994, Freeman worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine. In 2004-05, Freeman was a Fellow of the American Council on Education hosted by the University at Buffalo.



The Provost is the chief academic officer of the university and is also designated as the Executive Vice President. The Executive Vice President and Provost is responsible for the administration of the Division of Academic Affairs and serves on the President's Senior Cabinet as well as chairs the Academic Planning Council, the University Council Personnel Committee, and the Council of Deans. Additionally, the Executive Vice President and Provost serves as university liaison with the Board of Trustees' Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel Committee, and also participates with other state university and community college chief academic officers in regular meetings with the academic staff of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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