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Cheng_RitaRita Cheng, chancellor of Southern Illinois University, was selected as the next president of Northern Arizona University in an announcement released by the Arizona Board of Regents June 18. She will begin her term Aug. 15.

Cheng unveiled her personal values and motivation to the campus and community during a public forum June 12. Read about Cheng's visit and watch her speech online

NAU President John D. Haeger announced in September that he would leave the position by the end of his contract in June 2015. Haeger has led in a period of tremendous growth and significant financial crisis that saw enrollment increases of 34 percent and $60 million in funding cuts from the state. Amid these challenges, the university’s infrastructure was modernized, course delivery modes continue to evolve and education remains affordable and accessible.

As Northern Arizona University prepares to welcome its 16th president, it does so from a solid foundation rooted in undergraduate education that serves first-generation and minority students, offers unprecedented opportunities in research, a guaranteed tuition program and ground breaking student success programs.

Read President Haeger’s announcement to campus.