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Chamber welcomes Dr. Cheng to NAU & Flagstaff

Today the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) search committee announced Dr. Rita Cheng as the finalist to succeed Dr. John Haeger as President of Northern Arizona University (NAU). As the finalist, Dr. Cheng’s selection must be approved through a formal vote of ABOR.

Dr. Cheng will come to NAU and our Flagstaff community from Carbondale, Illinois, where she has served as the Chancellor of Southern Illinois University (SIU) since 2010. Prior to her time at SIU, she spent 22 years in teaching and administration roles at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Cheng earned her PhD in management from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada.

See the full press release from ABOR and biography of Dr. Cheng here.

“The Chamber offers its enthusiastic welcome to Dr. Cheng,” said Julie Pastrick, President and CEO of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. “Her strong background in business and academics makes her a high-quality candidate to succeed Dr. Haeger as President of NAU. We look forward to having her in our community and building a relationship with her. The Chamber offers her our full support as she takes on new challenges in strengthening NAU as a premier institution of higher education.”

“We wish to offer our sincerest thanks to President Haeger,” Pastrick continued. “Under his leadership these last 13 years, NAU has gone through an enormous transformation that has strengthened its academic mission and our community as a whole. He leaves NAU in a first-rate status as an institution for higher education, and he leaves it in the good hands of Dr. Cheng.”

The Flagstaff community will have a chance to meet Dr. Cheng on Thursday, June 12th, at NAU’s Ashurst Auditorium on campus from 3:30-4:30 PM where she will make a campus address