Northern Illinois University Vice President for International Affairs Raymond Alden III has submitted his resignation, effective March 31, to assume the provost position at Touro University Nevada’s Henderson campus.
After coming to NIU as executive vice president and provost from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2006, Alden took on the important role of expanding NIU’s international presence in fall 2013, including international recruiting, study abroad programs and establishing partnerships with education institutions around the globe.
“I will always be thankful to Ray for taking on the important task of elevating our international programs at NIU,” NIU President Doug Baker said. “His efforts have enhanced the global perspectives and competencies of our students while increasing the recruitment and retention of international students, infusing global perspectives into programs such as University Honors and engaging in scholarship, professional development and outreach and service with international partners.”
In fall 2014, NIU announced a gain of nearly 30 percent among international students. In June, NIU faculty members participated in workshop for U.S. and Indonesian educators and administrators as part of the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program. In April, NIU announced extension of a partnership between the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology and Universiti Malasia Pahang.
“During the next few months, I am committed to making progress on the development of a number of important international programs and initiatives. I will also work diligently to help create a smooth transition for new leadership,” Alden said. “I will always be an advocate for NIU and will be a Huskie for life.”
As provost, Alden will lead academic, clinical and research activities at Touro, Nevada’s largest medical school, beginning April 1.