I am honored to serve as the Acting President of Northern Illinois University (NIU).

It is a privilege to lead a public research university that is committed to academic excellence, community engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion. I am enthusiastic about collaborating with talented faculty and staff who share these core values. We are united in our desire to provide students with the tools they need for success in their careers and their lives- critical thinking skills, disciplinary knowledge, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work on teams as part of a global workforce.

I assume the acting presidency with eyes wide open and an understanding of the hard work ahead. This is an inflection point for the university. During these very challenging times, I will need to sustain NIU’s focus on our students and their success, to reaffirm our commitment to ethical leadership, and to lead change in order to ensure the university’s long term fiscal sustainability.

My administration will be guided by principles of shared governance, mutual respect and transparency in decision-making. We will also adhere to a very simple proposition, and one I believe very deeply – that the strength of NIU comes from the bottom up, and not the top down. Accordingly, we will cultivate and actively seek the best ideas and thinking from everyone in the university community.

We will move forward together with a unity of purpose, acknowledging that what unity means is that at the end of the day, there are core principles that we can all agree upon.

I look forward to the challenges, and to working together to move NIU forward.

Go Huskies!

- Dr. Lisa C. Freeman

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As president, I am committed to good governance and transparency. As part of my commitment to these important principles, my reimbursed expenses for any hospitality or travel related to my duties as president will be posted below. The expense information is updated quarterly.

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