John D. Haeger

John D. Haeger President Emeritus
Northern Arizona University


‘64 BS, Loyola University

‘66 MA, Loyola University

‘69 PhD, Loyola University


John D. Haeger became the president of Northern Arizona University in November 2001 until August 2014, after joining the university to serve as NAU provost in June 2000. Dr. Haeger lead 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 Translational Genomics Research Institute Board of Governors (TGen), Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona Commerce Authority Board of Directors, American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Steering Committee, Chair of the AASCU Committee on International Education, and the Flagstaff Forty. He is a former member of the Arizona State Board of Education, 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. Early in Dr. Haeger's career, he conducted and published articles and books on the theme of economic change and how it affects individuals and institutions. He was founding editor of the Michigan Historical Review. 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.