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Office of Educational Partnerships

Northern Arizona University is committed to providing all qualified students with access to higher education throughout the state.  Our priority is to support students with personal service, innovative technology and the tools they need to successfully transition to NAU, whether that be to the Flagstaff campus, a statewide location, or NAU Online.

The Office of Educational Partnerships is dedicated to establishing and strengthening partnerships with community colleges, other institutions, businesses and organizations that support academic success, with the ultimate goal of college-degree completion for today’s students.  Our student-centered approach strives to ensure excellence in program development and delivery to all NAU students.

This team serves as a resource for community college employees, as well as NAU faculty and staff, regarding student preparation for university success, transfer pathway programs, community college relations, organizational partnerships, and creative solutions for students to achieve their academic goals.

Partner resources

Information to help us work together to better serve students.

For community colleges

For organizations and businesses

For transfer student success


Meet our team

Kathy Yeager

Associate Vice Provost

Statewide locations and transfer partnerships

Doug Small

Assistant Dean

Strategic Business Partnerships

Erin McGehean


Maricopa County


Patty Diaz

Assistant Director

Southern Arizona

Joey Sells Hanley

Assistant Director

Northeastern Arizona

Ellen Nymark


Statewide programs