Presentations and Communication

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Oct. 13, 2015
President Rita Cheng’s speech to the Lumberjack family
Nearly 5,000 faculty, staff, students and community members joined in a campus walk and gathering in the North Quad following the tragic events on Oct. 9. Read more.

Sept. 25, 2015
Student success captures focus at Arizona Board of Regents meeting
Northern Arizona University's performance is inseparable from student success, President Rita Cheng told the Arizona Board of Regents. Read more.

Sept. 4, 2015
Lumberjacks kick off the new school year with President Cheng
President Cheng welcomed Lumberjacks back to campus during the annual President’s Barbecue on Sept. 2. Read more.

Aug. 31, 2015
President's welcome message to students
Whether you're a returning student or just starting your journey at NAU, there is no better time to be a part of the Lumberjack family. Read more.

Aug. 24, 2015
Welcoming the new academic year
Over the next few days we welcome new and returning students to the Flagstaff campus and across the state. I'm excited to start the new academic year, and I know our students are too. Read more.

July 24, 2015
Navajo Nation welcomes NAU President Rita Cheng
NAU President Rita Cheng visited Window Rock this week to meet with Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez and Speaker LoRenzo Bates. Read more.

May 2, 2015
President charts a course amid significant budget cuts
Sixty positions have been eliminated and two centers have closed as the university responds to a $17.3 million reduction in state funding. Read more.

April 24, 2015
University celebrates installation of Rita Cheng as 16th president
Nearly 600 guests gathered this week as the Arizona Board of Regents officially installed Rita Hartung Cheng as 16th president of Northern Arizona University. View video highlights hereRead more.

April 9, 2015
President Cheng welcomes Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
Forest health, landscape management and underserved communities were topics of discussion. Read more.

April 3, 2015
President visits with Hualapai Tribal Council, welcomes Senator McCain
Cheng met with tribal and K-12 leaders in Peach Springs on Tuesday and invited 10 student-veterans to meet the state senator at NAU on Friday. Read more.

March 11, 2015
President Cheng presents NAU budget challenges, high performance and partnership success during regents meeting
Following the announcement of a $99 million budget reduction to the state's universities by the Arizona Legislature, President Rita Cheng, supported by top administrators and university partners, delivered a confident yet measured operational and financial review to the Arizona Board of Regents during their meeting in Flagstaff. Read more.

March 4, 2015
NAU President Cheng's statement on proposed budget reduction
As the most recent budget proposal comes to light, President Rita Cheng shares her view on reductions of this magnitude. Read more.

March 4, 2015
NAU contributes nearly $2 billion to Arizona economy, new study says
According to a new study conducted by the Arizona Rural Policy Institute, a unit of NAU's Alliance Bank Outreach Center, NAU contributes $1.85 billion in economic activity, which supports 20,300 Arizona jobs. Read more.

Feb. 19, 2015
President Cheng visits Legislature to discuss budget and NAU outcomes
President Rita Cheng traveled to Phoenix this week to attend the Arizona House and Senate Appropriations Committee meetings. Read more.

Jan. 30, 2015
President visits with state lawmakers, donors in Phoenix
As discussions of the state budget continue, President Rita Cheng engaged in one-on-one discussion time with the new governor and other lawmakers. Read more.

Jan. 23, 2015
President Cheng leads campus walk for wellness
President Rita Cheng led a group of Northern Arizona University faculty, staff, and students on a wellness walk through campus on a brisk afternoon this week. Read more.

Jan. 8, 2015
Installation ceremony set for President Cheng
The campus and community will be invited to a celebration of NAU's 16th president. Read more.

Nov. 10, 2014
In honor of Veterans Day
Cheng: We as a nation set aside Veterans Day as a special time to honor those who have served their country in the armed forces. Our gratitude and support are appropriate ways to say thank you, and I personally express my appreciation for all they have done. Read more.

Nov. 7, 2014
Compromise, optimism rise among lukewarm outlooks at economic conference
Cheng and keynote speaker Gene Sperling pointed to reasons for enthusiasm and offered parallel views on the crucial role of higher education. Read more

Oct. 28, 2014
Veterans Success Center celebrates grand opening
Cheng said the center is a clear demonstration of the value we place on our student veterans. Read more.

Oct. 10, 2014
Hopi Tribal Council welcomes NAU President Rita Cheng
Reaching out to Arizona's Native American tribes is a priority for the new president, who this week made her first visit to the Hopi Nation. Read more

Sept. 26, 2014
Rita Cheng 'optimistic, even proud' of NAU's upward trajectory
The president welcomed the Arizona Board of Regents to Flagstaff and discussed the university's progress toward its 2020 goals. Read more

Sept. 19, 2014
NAU breaks ground on new Student and Academic Services Building
The building will provide a one-stop shop for student services including Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts. Read more.

Aug. 22, 2014
Welcome back, welcome home
Cheng: All the preparation and anticipation of the big move to campus has finally brought us to this day. Settle in, begin to explore and let's get started on a great semester. Read more.

June 18, 2014
Rita Cheng appointed next president of NAU
Cheng’s first official visit to the Flagstaff campus included a public forum during which she discussed transparency and accountability, her commitment to serving others and the vision and values she will bring to the role of president of Northern Arizona University. Read more.

Watch President Cheng’s speech online.