Northern Arizona University President John Haeger has announced he will step down in June of 2015 after then a decade running the Flagstaff campus.
On his watch, NAU’s enrollment grew by 34 percent and the university started a collaborative programs with community colleges. However, NAU also in that time closed a program operating in Rim Country and never sought to operate a campus in Payson.
“Over the last 12 years President Haeger has transformed NAU into an institution anchored in providing an exceptional undergraduate academic experience with complementary research, graduate and distance learning programs that support Arizona’s unique student and economic needs,” said Arizona Board of Regents Chair Rick Myers.
NAU’s total enrollment has increased 34 percent since Haeger’s term began in 2001. And, as part of the Regents’ goal of increasing access and affordability to higher education, Haeger spearheaded several initiatives to give more students more choices for bachelor’s degrees at different price points and challenged the status quo on traditional delivery models.
He launched a partnership with NAU-Yavapai, offering bachelor’s degree programs that allow students to complete the program in three years at a fraction of the cost of attending a residential campus. Haeger also developed nationally recognized 2NAU program, establishing partnerships with the state’s community colleges to ease the transfer process; accelerated online and distance learning; and ushered in a new era of higher education through the launch of Personalized Learning, which offers degree completion through online, competency-based learning versus the traditional credit hour. NAU is one of a handful of institutions across the country to be accredited to offer competency-based degrees.
President Haeger also led NAU through a significant financial crisis when its state funding was cut by $60 million, oversaw major renovations to the Flagstaff campus.