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ABOR Announces Two Finalists For The Next NAU President

The Arizona Board of Regents have announced the names of the two finalists to become the 17th President of Northern Arizona University. After a nationwide search, ABOR has narrowed the candidates to Dr. Jose Luis Cruz and Dr. Bret Danilowicz. Cruz is currently the executive vice chancellor and university provost at The City University of New York. Danilowicz is the current provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Atlantic University. Cruz is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a patented inventor and a National Science Foundation Career Award recipient. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of Puerto Rico and his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously, Dr. Danilowicz served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University from 2012-2018, and as dean of the College of Science and Technology at Georgia Southern University from 2006-2012. Danilowicz earned his doctoral degree in zoology from Duke University; a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University; a master’s degree in education: leadership and management from The Open University in the United Kingdom; and a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in computer science from Utica College of Syracuse University. There’s no word on when the board will announce who the next president of NAU will be.

Dr. Danilowicz on NAU: “The possibility to become the next president of NAU is very exciting, and I am honored to be considered a candidate for this position,” Dr. Danilowicz said. “NAU is an outstanding university surrounded by the stunning beauty of Northern Arizona within one of the highest-ranked college towns in the country. I would be honored to become part of the Lumberjack family, embrace the culture, diversity and opportunity in Northern Arizona, and continue to build on NAU’s legacy of student success and commitment to equity and underserved populations. This truly is a wonderful opportunity.”

Dr. Cruz on NAU: “I am honored that ABOR is considering me to serve as NAU’s 17th president,” Dr. Cruz said. “Northern Arizona University has a 120-year legacy of expanding opportunities, broadening knowledge and serving — in partnership with the region’s Indigenous peoples and sovereign Native Nations — as a proud steward of a most majestic place. Propelled by a commitment to educational equity and inclusive excellence, and commitment to underserved populations, I would be privileged to lead the great, indefatigable Lumberjack community into the bold and boundless future that lies ahead.”