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Regents announce sole finalist for NAU president

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The chancellor of Southern Illinois University has been
named as the sole finalist in the search for the next president of Northern
Arizona University.

The Arizona Board of Regents announced the selection of Rita Cheng on Friday at
its meeting in Flagstaff and the news was also tweeted out.

Board Chairman Rick Myers said the regents will vote soon to approve the
selection. Cheng is expected to be at NAU’s main campus in Flagstaff next week.

A search committee had been evaluating dozens of candidates to succeed John
Haeger, who planned to retire when his contract expires in June 2015. Haeger
said he’ll return to NAU later as a professor in higher education leadership and

The university has a budget of $460 million and serves more than 26,000
students at campuses across the state and online.


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