Message from the Board of Trustees

April 18, 2024

Dear members of the Northeastern Illinois University community,

The Presidential Search Committee has been diligent, thoughtful and collegial in working to identify the best candidate to serve as the eighth president of Northeastern Illinois University. I am pleased to report that after careful deliberation of the semifinalist candidates, the Presidential Search Committee conducted a subsequent round of semifinalist interviews on April 15, 16, and 17. On April 17, the committee deliberated and selected four candidates to advance to the next phase of the process: the in-person campus interviews and campus tour.

Later this month and into early May, key NEIU constituents will be invited to interview the finalists, including students, faculty, staff, the Foundation Board, alumni, community and business partners, public officials, unions, and the Board of Trustees. The University community will be encouraged to participate in the process and provide feedback on each candidate presented to the NEIU Presidential Search Subcommittee for Planning Campus Interviews.  

Please join me in thanking the following Subcommittee Co-Chairs for their leadership as we look to plan next steps in the coming days:

  • Patricia Aguado, Associate Professor of Social Work in the College of Arts and Sciences, representing the Council on the Status of Latinxs
  • Sarah Fabian, Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences, representing Faculty Senate
  • Christopher Merchant, Associate Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, representing College of Arts and Sciences

While we are still in this process, I’d also like to take a moment and encourage you to join me in extending a sincere thanks to each member of the NEIU Presidential Search Committee for their thoughtful and diligent leadership. We deeply value the Search Committee's dedication and the University community's contributions throughout this process.

The Committee will keep the University informed of further developments in the presidential search process shortly.


Betty Fleurimond, Trustee
Presidential Search Committee Chair

January 18, 2024

Dear Members of the Northeastern Illinois University Community,

We are excited to announce the search for the eighth President of Northeastern Illinois University. The Board of Trustees is committed to an inclusive, structured and disciplined search process. Further, we are steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that the search committee reflects and prioritizes the diversity of the Northeastern Illinois University campus community.

To guide this critical endeavor, the Board has engaged the services of AGB Search, who specializes in executive searches exclusively for higher education institutions. With over 300 successful presidential searches, AGB Search’s expertise in understanding institutional needs and culture will be invaluable in attracting a strong and diverse pool of leadership candidates.

An essential step in this process included the diligent formation of the Search Committee, drawn from various groups within our University, including the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, staff and union representatives.

We are dedicated to involving the NEIU community throughout this process. Input from the Northeastern Illinois University Community is crucial, and there will be multiple opportunities for the community to share their thoughts, insights and perspectives on the essential qualities and priorities for our next President. These include:

  • An online survey for your valuable insights and preferences.
  • Virtual listening sessions for direct feedback.
  • Regular updates and information on the progress of the search through the website and email communications.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we eagerly look forward to your participation and input in shaping the leadership future of Northeastern Illinois University.


Betty Fleurimond, Trustee
Search Committee Chair


About Northeastern Illinois University 

Founded in 1867, Northeastern has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. 

Northeastern is regarded as one of the most diverse public comprehensive universities in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of Northeastern and in the social fabric of its student body. The University has an enrollment of more than 5,700 students; African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Hawaiian Pacific students represent about 57 percent of the student body. 

With a Main Campus located on roughly 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. Northeastern is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County. 

Accreditation Statement 

Northeastern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602, telephone number (312) 263-0456 or (800) 621-7440. The Higher Learning Commission web address is 

Affirmative Action, University Outreach and Equal Employment 

Northeastern Illinois University subscribes to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, color, disability, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military status, veteran status, or arrest record. 

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) 

Northeastern Illinois University is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. Northeastern Illinois University is a public four-year university in the Midwest federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. 

Mission and Vision Statement 

In all communications where the University’s Mission and Vision statements appear together, the Vision Statement should precede the Mission Statement as shown below. 

Vision Statement: Northeastern Illinois University will be a leader among metropolitan universities, known for its dedication to its urban mission, for the quality of its programs, for the success of its graduates, and for the diversity of its learning environment. 

Mission Statement: Northeastern Illinois University, as a public comprehensive university with locations throughout Chicago, provides an exceptional environment for learning, teaching, and scholarship. We prepare a diverse community of students for leadership and service in our region and in a dynamic multicultural world.

University Facts as of Spring 2023

  • A fully accredited public university serving more than 5,700 students in the Chicago area with an affordable, high-quality academic experience
  • A population richly diverse in ethnicity, culture, age, and language
  • Faculty who are dedicated to excellence in instruction, research, and public service
  • More than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education and business
  • A leader in the development of special programs for adult learners and innovative non-traditional education alternatives
  • Exchange programs and study experiences in several international locations
  • Opportunities to integrate classroom instruction with field-based learning, research and service
  • A wealth of student organizations and cultural events
  • Founded in 1867 as a teacher training institution
  • Main 67-acre campus is located in a residential neighborhood on the Northwest Side of Chicago
  • Among the most affordable public universities in Illinois
  • Study abroad programs provide students with opportunity to spend time overseas while earning credit toward graduation
  • Satellite locations in ethnically diverse Chicago neighborhoods and in Lake County 
    • El Centro
    • Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
    • University Center of Lake County