It is my distinct personal and professional honor to serve as Northern Illinois University’s 13th president. I welcome the opportunity to lead our dynamic and diverse university.
NIU is an engine for innovation, creativity and social mobility that empowers students, faculty and staff to make a difference in our region and globally.
Our students graduate with all the tools they need for success in their careers and their lives, including critical thinking skills and the ability to work on teams as part of a global workforce.
We excel at transforming lives, in part, because we are committed to matching talent with opportunity.
We take pride in being a community of diverse people and ideas, with diversity defined broadly to include age, ability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, economic condition, faith, place of origin, political perspective and life experience.
As president, I will advocate for all aspects of the university’s mission; maintain strong working relationships with students, faculty and staff; and uphold our community’s core values: transparency, collaboration, participative decision-making, accountability, open communication and mutual respect.