Mike Malone, a 28-year veteran administrator at NIU and vice president for the Division of University Advancement, has assumed added responsibilities as president of the NIU Foundation.
The move follows the resignation of Mallory Simpson, who left NIU for the dual attractions of a position as vice chancellor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the opportunity to be closer to family.
This marks Malone’s second turn at the NIU Foundation presidency; he filled that role for nearly two years in 1998 and 1999 at the beginning of his tenure as vice president for university advancement.
Malone says there are no plans to search for a replacement for Simpson immediately.
“We’re going to take time to figure out the best way to staff the Foundation and perhaps deploy resources to increase our fundraising efforts on behalf of the students and faculty of NIU,” he says. “We’re reviewing our operating model and how we can most efficiently serve our growing alumni and campus communities.”
Currently, Malone is working with President John Peters and Foundation board chair Dennis Barsema to discover how the Division of University Advancement can become more effective in mobilizing alumni support for the benefit of the university. The division is also the liaison to the NIU Alumni Association and the NIU Foundation.
In an effort to develop a closer, more efficient working relationship between the alumni and development areas of the division, Malone announced the promotion of Joe Matty to associate vice president of university advancement. Matty, who will remain in charge of the Office of Alumni Relations and act as executive director of the Alumni Association, will assist in division strategic planning and leadership moving forward.
“Our ultimate goal is to support our faculty and students,” says Malone. “The work we do as a division helps NIU give thousands of students access to an education and a chance at the American dream, a mission in which we can all take pride.”