Northern Illinois University Vice President Lesley Rigg, who oversees the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, will be leaving NIU to pursue a professional opportunity in her native Canada as dean of the faculty of science at the University of Calgary, effective July 1, 2015.
“I am thankful to Dr. Rigg for her tireless work in facilitating the success of NIU researchers and artists across our university as a professor, associate dean and vice president during her years at NIU,” President Doug Baker said. “Research and artistry are differentiators of the NIU experience, and we will undertake a national search to fill this important position in the near future.”
Rigg has served as vice president of Research and Innovation Partnerships the past two years, responsible for maintaining NIU’s dynamic research programs, partnering with federal laboratories and supporting the commercialization of scientific inventions. She also serves president of the Northern Illinois Research Foundation, which serves to advance the educational research, public service and economic development mission of NIU.
In her previous role as associate dean for research and graduate affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Rigg was responsible for budgeting, supporting graduate research programming and facilitating international faculty research.
An internationally-recognized scholar and researcher, Rigg has been a professor in the NIU Department of Geography since 1998, conducting interdisciplinary research with a robust foundation in both physical and human geography. In 2009, she won NIU’s prestigious Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Rigg will remain at NIU until her departure, and an interim leader will oversee the division while the search is completed. Details of the transition will be announced at a later date.