Presentations and Communication

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April 14, 2016
President Rita Cheng appointed to the Arizona Board of Education
Gov. Doug Ducey selected the president to serve in the role on behalf of all three state universities. Read more.

March 21, 2016
President Cheng meets with elected officials, alumni in nation’s capital
The president traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with members of the congressional delegation and leaders of federal agencies. Read more.

Feb. 16, 2016
President Cheng hosts State of the University forum
Northern Arizona University is rising toward goals of growth and greatness while adapting to ongoing budget challenges, President Rita Cheng told a crowd of hundreds at a campus forum. Read more. To view a recording of the event, click here

Feb. 11, 2016
President Cheng speaks to House committee
NAU President Rita Cheng presented to members of the Arizona House of Representatives Government and Higher Education Committee in Phoenix. Read more.

Jan. 27, 2016
President's Legislature visit highlights successes, fiscal outlook
NAU President Rita Cheng highlighted challenges and opportunities related to the university’s budget and fiscal outlook when she spoke to the Arizona House and Senate appropriations committees this week. Read more.

Jan. 21, 2016
President Rita Cheng to host forum Feb. 16
The president will host a State of the University forum from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the High Country Conference Center. Read more.

Jan. 15, 2016
President Rita Cheng's statement on the Governor's budget proposal
Cheng: Northern Arizona University sees hope in the budget proposed by Governor Ducey today. As the Arizona economy begins to improve, modest reinvestment in Arizona’s universities is a step forward. Read more.

Jan. 9, 2016
Flagstaff Business News Guest Column: Possibilities in every direction
Cheng: The beginning of each new year provides a perfect opportunity for reflection and planning. It’s a time to revisit goals and priorities…and possibilities. Read more.

Dec. 17, 2015
China visit strengthens long-standing partnerships
President Rita Cheng and representatives from Northern Arizona University met with partner institutions in China, building on more than two decades of collaboration directly related to NAU’s global education goals. Read more.

Nov. 17, 2015
Flagstaff Business News Guest Column: NAU and the Knowledge Economy
Cheng: Tomorrow’s good jobs will require intelligence, adaptability and innovation – all qualities that NAU encourages in our classrooms and laboratories, in our field work and internship programs, in our student organizations and extracurricular options. Read more.

Nov. 13, 2015
Bill Franke brings straight talk, clear thinking to economic outlook conference
The namesake of the business college provided the keynote, and was joined by Dennis Foster, Ron Gunderson, Elliott Pollack and President Rita Cheng. Read more. 

Oct. 13, 2015
President Rita Cheng’s speech to the Lumberjack family
Nearly 5,000 faculty, staff, students and community members joined in a campus walk and gathering in the North Quad following the tragic events on Oct. 9. Read more.

Sept. 25, 2015
Student success captures focus at Arizona Board of Regents meeting
Northern Arizona University's performance is inseparable from student success, President Rita Cheng told the Arizona Board of Regents. Read more.

Sept. 4, 2015
Lumberjacks kick off the new school year with President Cheng
President Rita Cheng welcomed Lumberjacks back to campus during the annual President’s Barbecue on Sept. 2. Read more.

Aug. 31, 2015
President's welcome message to students
"Whether you're a returning student or just starting your journey at NAU, there is no better time to be a part of the Lumberjack family." Read more.

Aug. 24, 2015
Welcoming the new academic year
"Over the next few days we welcome new and returning students to the Flagstaff campus and across the state. I'm excited to start the new academic year, and I know our students are too." Read more.

July 24, 2015
Navajo Nation welcomes NAU President Rita Cheng
NAU President Rita Cheng visited Window Rock this week to meet with Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez and Speaker LoRenzo Bates. Read more.

May 2, 2015
President charts a course amid significant budget cuts
NAU President Rita Cheng called for a strategic, campus-wide change in operations to address state funding cuts while maintaining the university’s mission in the long term during a campus forum April 30, 2015. Read more. To view President Cheng's presentation and remarks from the event, click here.

April 24, 2015
University celebrates installation of Rita Cheng as 16th president
Nearly 600 guests gathered this week as the Arizona Board of Regents officially installed Rita Hartung Cheng as 16th president of Northern Arizona University. View video highlights hereRead more.

April 9, 2015
President Cheng welcomes Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
Forest health, landscape management and underserved communities were topics of discussion. Read more.

April 3, 2015
President visits with Hualapai Tribal Council, welcomes Senator McCain
Cheng met with tribal and K12 leaders in Peach Springs on Tuesday and invited 10 student-veterans to meet the state senator at NAU on Friday. Read more.

March 11, 2015
President Cheng presents NAU budget challenges, high performance and partnership success during regents meeting
Following the announcement of a $99 million budget reduction to the state's universities by the Arizona Legislature, President Rita Cheng, supported by top administrators and university partners, delivered a confident yet measured operational and financial review to the Arizona Board of Regents during their meeting in Flagstaff. Read more.

March 4, 2015
NAU President Cheng's statement on proposed budget reduction
As the most recent budget proposal comes to light, President Rita Cheng shares her view on reductions of this magnitude. Read more.

March 4, 2015
NAU contributes nearly $2 billion to Arizona economy, new study says
According to a new study conducted by the Arizona Rural Policy Institute, a unit of NAU's Alliance Bank Outreach Center, NAU contributes $1.85 billion in economic activity, which supports 20,300 Arizona jobs. Read more.

Feb. 19, 2015
President Cheng visits Legislature to discuss budget and NAU outcomes
President Rita Cheng traveled to Phoenix this week to attend the Arizona House and Senate Appropriations Committee meetings. Read more.

Jan. 30, 2015
President visits with state lawmakers, donors in Phoenix
As discussions of the state budget continue, President Rita Cheng engaged in one-on-one discussion time with the new governor and other lawmakers. Read more.

Jan. 23, 2015
President Cheng leads campus walk for wellness
President Rita Cheng led a group of Northern Arizona University faculty, staff, and students on a wellness walk through campus on a brisk afternoon this week. Read more.

Jan. 8, 2015
Installation ceremony set for President Cheng
The campus and community will be invited to a celebration of NAU's 16th president. Read more.

Nov. 10, 2014
In honor of Veterans Day
Cheng: We as a nation set aside Veterans Day as a special time to honor those who have served their country in the armed forces. Our gratitude and support are appropriate ways to say thank you, and I personally express my appreciation for all they have done. Read more.

Nov. 7, 2014
Compromise, optimism rise among lukewarm outlooks at economic conference
President Rita Cheng and keynote speaker Gene Sperling pointed to reasons for enthusiasm and offered parallel views on the crucial role of higher education. Read more

Oct. 28, 2014
Veterans Success Center celebrates grand opening
Cheng said the center is a clear demonstration of the value we place on our student veterans. Read more.

Oct. 10, 2014
Hopi Tribal Council welcomes NAU President Rita Cheng
Reaching out to Arizona's Native American tribes is a priority for the new president, who this week made her first visit to the Hopi Nation. Read more

Sept. 26, 2014
Rita Cheng 'optimistic, even proud' of NAU's upward trajectory
The president welcomed the Arizona Board of Regents to Flagstaff and discussed the university's progress toward its 2020 goals. Read more

Sept. 19, 2014
NAU breaks ground on new Student and Academic Services Building
The building will provide a one-stop shop for student services including Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts. Read more.

Aug. 22, 2014
Welcome back, welcome home
Cheng: All the preparation and anticipation of the big move to campus has finally brought us to this day. Settle in, begin to explore and let's get started on a great semester. Read more.

June 18, 2014
Rita Cheng appointed next president of NAU
President Rita Cheng's first official visit to the Flagstaff campus included a public forum during which she discussed transparency and accountability, her commitment to serving others and the vision and values she will bring to the role of president of Northern Arizona University. Read more.

Watch President Cheng’s speech online.