NAU aims to be the nation’s preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.
Meet President José Luis Cruz Rivera
José Luis Cruz Rivera began his tenure as the 17th president of Northern Arizona University (NAU) on June 14, 2021.
Strategic Plan: NAU 2025 – Elevating Excellence
NAU 2025 – Elevating Excellence is our roadmap for delivering a bold and boundless future for all. The strategic priorities described represent a robust synthesis of the NAU community’s thoughtful engagement and bold aspirations for the future, and it reflects the evolving challenges and opportunities that we face as an engaged public institution of higher education. Together, we will capitalize on NAU’s 122-year history of distinctive excellence as an engine of opportunity to drive social impact and economic mobility for the people of Arizona and beyond.
News Presidential statements
Stay up-to-date on our exciting announcements and initiatives from the Office of the President.
The President’s Cabinet is comprised of the leaders of President Cruz Rivera’s strategic, operational, and advisory leadership team. This team advances, leads, and coordinates broad efforts across NAU’s academic and administrative departments to meet the university’s vision and mission.
The Office of the President is proud of NAU’s longstanding legacy—advancing education, pursuing innovation on local and national platforms, and creating new opportunities for Arizona’s students. We are making these efforts possible by seeking the most qualified, forward-thinking, and diverse collection of leaders to guide the university.
Contact the office
Contact us below—whether to request a meeting, invite the president to attend an event, or submit a student-interview request to President Cruz Rivera.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-523-3232 with general inquiries.