Academic Affairs

Dennis Rome, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost is responsible for instruction, academic programs and academic support services. Academic programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, College of Business and Management and the Graduate College. Instructional support services are provided by the Library. In addition, Academic Affairs is administratively responsible for the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, The Center for Teaching and Learning, Center for Academic Writing, and for the Offices of Assessment, Institutional Research, Sponsored Programs and Weekend Institute. 


Manish Kumar
Vice President for Finance and Administration

The Vice President for Finance and Administration holds fiduciary responsibility for annual operating and capital budget requests, as well as the University’s investments, financial reserves, and indebtedness. Finance and Administration oversees the daily operations of the University to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in a wide range of areas. Finance and Administration units are: Business Services including Student Payment Services, Controller, and Human Resources and Payroll; Budget Office; Technology Services including Applications, Networking, Operations, Enterprise Resource Planning, Systems Management, Telecommunications, and Media Services; Facilities Management including Physical Plant, Buildings and Grounds maintenance, Safety, and Planning and Construction; Procurement and Support Services including Purchasing, Risk Management, Mailing, Shipping, Receiving, Property Control, and Auxiliaries like Child Care Center, Motor Pool, and Parking.


Suleyma Perez, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Government Relations

The Executive Director of Government Relations is the University’s designee for communicating with elected officials regarding the University's present and future institutional plans, activities, concerns, and positions pertaining to pending legislation, and also serves as the main point of contact for legislative interest in the University.

Institutional Advancement

Liesl V. Downey
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Executive Director of the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation
Institutional Advancement is responsible for strengthening and advancing Northeastern through strategic initiatives, programs and campaigns executed by the unit's Offices of Alumni Relations, Development and Public Relations; raising awareness for and building and enhancing the University’s reputation within the community, across the nation and around the world. Operations of the NEIU Foundation are directed by Institutional Advancement in collaboration with the Foundations' board of directors. Included in this area are the raising and provision of scholarships and other student aid processed through the Office of Financial Aid, as well as the building of a University endowment.

Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Natalie Brouwer Potts, JD
Interim Assistant General Counsel

The Office of Legal Affairs and General Counsel is responsible for providing, managing, and coordinating all legal services to the University President, all levels of the administration and external entities to minimize the institution's legal risks and liability in a professional, cost-effective manner. Guided by the operating principles of high ethical standards, sound decision-making, consensus building, courtesy, and respect, the the General Counsel is committed to act with integrity, knowledge of the law, and reason in support of the University's mission, vision, and values. Legal services provided by the General Counsel include assisting in the development of University policy and procedures, counsel regarding sensitive employment matters, reviewing contracts and other legal documents, securing and coordinating the services of outside legal counsel when necessary, and helping to resolve disputes and claims.


Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

The Division of Marketing and Communications enhances and protects the University's institutional reputation, advances and strengthens Northeastern's brand, employs effective communication design to enhance operations and encourage University engagement, and reinforces the University's relevance in the lives of key target audiences. The Division provides services and strategic consultation in areas that include: advertising, media relations, communications strategy, website administration, social media, graphic design, photography, videography, publications, marketing collateral, marketing research and branding.


Terry Mena, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

The Division of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University actively supports and engages its diverse community of learners through excellent programs and services that enhance students’ personal development, leadership skills, and intercultural competencies to engage in a dynamic global society. The Division will be a national leader in urban higher education and among Hispanic Serving Institutions through its promising practices to support student success. Student Affairs embraces the University’s core values and contributes to success through: holistic support, experiential learning, civic leadership, and social justice. The Division houses multiple departments devoted to student growth and success.