President Emeritus, Northern Arizona University
John D. Haeger was president of Northern Arizona University from November 2001 until August 2014 after joining the university to serve as NAU provost in June 2000. Dr. Haeger led NAU in its commitment to undergraduate education -- a commitment enhanced by the university's ongoing efforts in research, graduate education and distance learning. During his term as president, Dr. Haeger guided the university to new heights in student enrollment in Flagstaff and across the state, answering the call from the Governor's Office and the state Legislature to make higher education accessible and affordable to all Arizona citizens.
Dr. Haeger is a member of the Arizona State Board of Education, Translational Genomics Research Institute Board of Directors (TGen), and the Greater Phoenix Leadership. He is former chair of the United Way of Northern Arizona board, former commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and is past chair of the Big Sky Conference Presidents' Council. Dr. Haeger has worked at all levels of higher education -- professor, chair, dean, vice president, and provost. Dr. Haeger earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Loyola University in Chicago. He had substantial years in the classroom before his administrative career and published several books and numerous articles on topics related to the history of economic change in the United States and how it affects individuals and institutions. His work on The Investment Frontier won a national award from Choice magazine and his book on John Astor argued for Astor's role as the first modern American venture capitalist.