Message from the President
Just a few short weeks ago, we marked the beginning of the 17th Presidency of Northern Arizona University and I just want to share with you how honored and proud I am to join this strong and vibrant institution.
I am so thankful for the warm NAU welcome we have received. My wife, Rima, and our son, Álvaro, are happily settled into our Flagstaff home which is walking distance—trust me, I have walked it—from the NAU campus.
I was drawn to NAU because of its reputation for providing a high quality, student-centered educational experience and for the beautiful environment that surrounds our mountain campus. But there is so much more. This is a University that, for more than 120 years, has worked to transform the lives of countless individuals, families, and communities who have entrusted it with their aspirations to live their best lives while becoming their best selves. I continue to be impressed by the welcoming and caring faculty and staff who are dedicated to your student’s success and wellbeing.
NAU’s focus on student success is part of what makes this university so special, and I can assure you that under my leadership we are going to remain committed to the success of ALL of our nearly 30,000 students.
I am thrilled to be able to welcome your student to NAU as we look forward to being back in full force for a vibrant and enriching academic and student life experience this fall. NAU will remain nimble and able to quickly adapt to new developments and we are committed to providing our NAU community with prompt and clear communications about any alterations to protocols that may need to be implemented at any point. Please look for emails and check for updates on the Jacks are Back website.
NAU is EXACTLY where I want to be, leading a world-class university as we embark on this time of unparalleled opportunity. I trust that NAU is EXACTLY where your student wants to be, part of a community that cares about them and their future of unending opportunity.
I hope to see you at move in, during Family Weekend, or any time throughout the year. Until then—Go Jacks!