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NIU bids farewell to Ray Alden with March 30 reception

March 18, 2015
Ray Alden III and Turkish Consul General Fatih Yildiz during a campus visit.

Ray Alden III and Turkish Consul General Fatih Yildiz during a campus visit.

Northern Illinois University invites the campus community to a farewell reception for Vice President Raymond Alden III from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Holmes Student Center Sky Room.

Alden, who has served the past two years as vice president for international affairs, assumes the provost position at Touro University Nevada’s Henderson campus. As provost, Alden will lead academic, clinical and research activities at Touro, Nevada’s largest medical school, beginning April 1.

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.

The NIU Board of Trustees at its March meeting approved a partnership with Nankai University that would provide an opportunity for top students throughout China to earn degrees from both Nankai and NIU through a new joint venture, Nankai-NIU International College.

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 2014, NIU announced extension of a partnership between the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology and Universiti Malasia Pahang.