About the Executive Vice President and Provost

Laurie Elish-Piper

Laurie Elish-Piper serves as NIU’s executive vice president and provost. A Distinguished Engagement Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Elish-Piper was dean of the College of Education from 2016 to 2023. Read more about Laurie Elish-Piper.


The executive vice president and provost is the second highest university official and has a wide array of responsibilities. They function as the chief academic officer and lead the Division of Academic Affairs, which includes the academic colleges and several other areas. They also oversee Institutional Effectiveness and Student Affairs and share with the president oversight of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

In addition, the executive vice president and provost works in partnership with the president and vice president of Administration and Finance on all matters related to university budgets and decision-making.

Committee Participation

The executive vice president and provost is a member of the following committees:

They also serve as a member of the President's Budget Committee and the President's Senior Leadership Roundtable.


Office of Executive Vice President and Provost
Altgeld Hall 215
815-753-0701 (fax)
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