(This article originally appeared on NIU Today.)
Members of the NIU Board of Trustees endorsed her appointment last week following a national search.
“Dr. Elish-Piper’s vision for the future of the college is informed not only by her extensive knowledge of national, state and local issues, but also her varied experiences as an NIU Huskie,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman.
“Over the course of her 20-plus year career at NIU, Laurie has served with excellence as a faculty member and in numerous campus leadership roles,” she added. “Her collaborative leadership style and her creativity were evident during the national search. I am proud that NIU was able to recruit, develop and retain someone with Dr. Elish-Piper’s talent.”
Elish-Piper, a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education, received her Ph.D. in curricular and instruction studies with an emphasis in literacy education from the University of Akron.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education reading from Saint Joseph’s College and an M.S. in elementary education and reading from Purdue University.