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 Transformation.

GSU’s 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.

GSU’s transformation has strengthened its commitment to the new majority of students: first-generation, students of color, returning adults, and veterans. 

Dr. 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.

An expert in the teaching of writing and a founder of Writing Across the Curriculum, 

Dr. Maimon has published many books, including Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation (2018) and A Writer's Resource (6th edition).

She 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 women leaders. 

Her 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).

Dr. Maimon earned her B.A. (magna cum laude), M.A., and Ph.D. (with distinction) in English at the University of Pennsylvania.