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Charlie Fey brings four decades of experience to NIU Student Affairs 

July 14, 2021

Charlie Fey has been selected as the NIU’s interim vice president for Student Affairs.

NIU has named Charlie Fey, Ed.D., a national leader in promoting student success on college campuses, as the university’s interim vice president for Student Affairs. His post begins Monday, July 19.

Fey comes to NIU with more than 40 years of experience, including 23 years as the chief student affairs officer at five different institutions. He also has served in enrollment-management and residential-life leadership capacities.

Among his previous posts, Fey held positions as vice president for academic support and student affairs at New Jersey Institute of Technology; vice president for student engagement and success at the University of Akron; vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and dean of students at the University of Texas at El Paso.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Fey is joining the president’s senior leadership team,” Provost Beth Ingram said. “Dr. Fey has a broad knowledge of student affairs, and I am impressed with his energy and deep commitment to students and the student experience. NIU will certainly benefit from the years of experience that Dr. Fey has had in his multiple roles in student affairs.”

At NIU, Fey will oversee a division that responds to student concerns; develops and manages programs and policies to enhance the quality of student life; provides essential institutional support services to enable students to accomplish their educational objectives; and ensures that all programs, policies and procedures are promoted, managed and assessed through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.

Fey has a demonstrated history as a strong supporter of diversity and social justice and a champion of access for all students who demonstrate a determination to succeed. He has shared his expertise in more than 50 presentations and publications and has received numerous awards from professional organizations, including the Pillar of the Profession Award from the NASPA Foundation and the Esther Lloyd-Jones Outstanding Professional Service Award from the American College Personnel Association.

In recent years Fey worked as a consultant, assisting colleges and universities with evaluation of their programs and services. Fey earned his Ed.D. in higher education administration from Texas A&M University and both a Master of Education and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Fey said he is excited about the opportunity at NIU.

“The NIU student population is similar to the student bodies at the universities of Akron and Texas at El Paso, where I worked in the past,” Fey said.

“For me personally, this is a great opportunity to help the school and provide emotional support to its students after experiencing the worst pandemic and one of the most challenging times for higher education in 100 years. Working with the great staff at NIU, I know we’ll be able to overcome any challenges and continue to advance the success of our students.”