Local Education Spotlight — Arizona Board of Regents announces José Luis Cruz as Northern Arizona University presidential finalist. See more local education news here

| February 23, 2021

The Arizona Board of Regents announced (on Feb. 18) that José Luis Cruz is the finalist for the position of the 17th president of Northern Arizona University.

“Dr. Cruz has an extraordinary record of academic leadership, and I am confident he is the right leader to build on NAU’s success and ensure a bold and boundless future for this beloved and historic university,” said ABOR Chair Larry E. Penley. “He is a proven innovator in higher education who keenly understands the enormous opportunities that NAU offers as well as the challenges facing higher education. His unsurpassed commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, coupled with a long track record as a leading national advocate to improve educational outcomes for all students—especially those who have historically been underserved—will serve Arizona and NAU well. I am personally honored that he has accepted the opportunity to be the next president of NAU and offer my sincere congratulations.”



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