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ABOR chair appoints members to advisory committee to assist with NAU presidential search process

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Arizona Board of Regents announced another step in its search for the next president of Northern Arizona University. The board has established an advisory committee to help gather input from various interested individuals and groups; assist in identifying essential presidential leadership characteristics; and vet potential prospects.

The advisory committee includes 14 representatives from ABOR; NAU administration, faculty and student representation; and the community. The board will make the final decision on the appointment of a president. Board chair Larry E. Penley has appointed the following individuals to serve on the committee, which is co-chaired by Regents Lyndel Manson and Fred DuVal:



Fred DuVal

Regent, Advisory Committee Co-chair

Lyndel Manson

Regent, Advisory Committee Co-chair

Chris Bavasi

Former Flagstaff Mayor, Non-Profit and Business Leader

Jersus Colmenares

Lecturer, NAU Department of Global Languages and Cultures 

K. Laurie Dickson

Vice Provost for Curriculum, Assessment and Accreditation, NAU 

Dominic Dominguez

Graduate Student, NAU 

Cathryn Ellis

Professor, NAU Department of Theatre; Member, NAU Faculty Senate 

Peter Fulè

Professor, NAU School of Forestry, Regents Professor

Kathryn Hackett King 


Ora Marek-Martinez

Executive Director, NAU Native American Cultural Center

Ramona Mellott

Dean, NAU College of Education

Steve Palmer

Associate Dean, NAU College of Health and Human Services

Kai Simson

Vice President of Government Affairs, Associated Students of NAU

Denise TrimbleSmith

Coordinator, NAU Student Life

“Northern Arizona University is a great source of pride for our state and an internationally recognized, esteemed university,” said Chair Penley. “As the board embarks on selecting the next NAU president, we do so with great care to ensure we find a visionary leader who can make a lasting contribution to the future of NAU and serve as a relentless champion for student success, public higher education and the state. I extend my most sincere appreciation to these individuals who will dedicate their time to this process. Their leadership, insight and contribution will support a successful search process.”

The Arizona Board of Regents issued an RFP for an executive search consultant to assist with the process. The board also anticipates adopting search guidelines at its upcoming meeting on October 2. The guidelines will outline the process that will govern the search.

Information about the NAU Presidential Search is available here. Individuals who would like to provide feedback on the search can send an email to


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