Elaine P. Maimon, Ph.D., President, Governors State University
For over a decade, Dr. Elaine P. Maimon has led
transformative change at Governors State University (GSU). An upper-division
institution until 2014, GSU is now a comprehensive university with a four-year
undergraduate program reflecting the best research on general education and
with a residence facility designed as a living/learning community with faculty
mentors living in the halls. At GSU, only full-time faculty members teach freshmen.
In 2015, GSU won the ACE/Fidelity Investment Award for Institutional
award-winning Dual Degree Program (DDP), designed in partnership with seventeen
Chicago-land community colleges, creates a seamless pathway from the associate
degree to a university bachelor’s degree. The Kresge Foundation has honored GSU
with a major grant to disseminate DDP principles to universities and colleges
across the United States.
transformation has strengthened its commitment to the new majority of students:
first-generation, students of color, returning adults, and veterans.
Maimon came to GSU with considerable administrative and faculty experience,
after serving as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage and as a Vice
President of Arizona State University, where she led the West Campus.
expert in the teaching of writing and a founder of Writing Across the
Maimon has published many books, including Leading
Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation (2018) and A Writer's Resource (6th edition).
is currently on the board of the American Council of Education (ACE). She is a member of the Will County Center for
Economic Development Board and of The Chicago Network, a group of outstanding
many awards include the Donna Shavlik Award for Women’s Leadership in Higher
Education, presented by the American Council on Education (ACE) in 2014 and the
Chicagoland ATHENA Leadership Award (2014).
Maimon earned her B.A. (magna cum laude), M.A., and Ph.D. (with distinction) in
English at the University of Pennsylvania.