Michael Wanous

Welcome from Dr. Mike Wanous, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Northern's mission is to provide diverse academic, civic, social, and cultural opportunities that prepare students through the liberal arts, professional education, and E-learning for their future endeavors, while also enriching the local and regional community. 

We accomplish our mission through pursuit of our guiding values of Community, Discovery, and Integrity. 


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Building a culture of inclusion, belonging and collegiality that respects diversity in culture, knowledge, and world view

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Pursuing rigor and excellence in education, inquiry and engagement for the benefit of our students, state and region

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Adhering to the highest standards of honesty, fairness and transparency with a commitment to responsible stewardship of resources



Learn more about Northern's Mission, Values, and Strategic Plan


Areas of Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs encompasses all academic programs as well as offices and key resources contributing to student success.

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Business

Millicent Atkins School of Education

School of Fine Arts

Beulah Williams Library

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Center for Public History and Civic Engagement

Center for Statewide E-learning

Empowering Innovators

First Year Seminar

Graduate Studies

Honors Program

Institutional Research

International Programs

Military & Veteran Affairs

Northern Academy

Northern Innovation and Startup Center

Online and Continuing Education

Opportunity Center


Rising Scholars Program

Student Success Center

Meet Our Academic Affairs Team