Its “People on the Move” column for Jan. 29 announced the promotion of Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., to provost.
National Louis University’s announcement of the move said Hilsabeck came to NLU in 2003 as Associate Dean for NLU’s National College of Education. She served as NCE Dean and then Executive Dean from August, 2004 through June, 2014 when she accepted the position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Faculty Development and Research.
In September, Hilsabeck agreed to serve as Interim Provost.
Hilsabeck brings a history of rich experiences and roles prior to joining NLU. She served in various positions at Northwestern University for 18 years, including Associate Director for the Master of Science in Education Program and as Assistant Dean in the School of Education and Social Policy. In 1992, she took a leave from Northwestern to serve as a research consultant for the Third International Math and Science Study with Dr. David Wiley, chief psychometric advisor for that study.
She is the 2012 recipient of a Luminary Leadership Award for her work as board chair for the Eleanor Women’s Foundation, a hundred plus-year-old non-profit organization which provided career and housing support services for low-income women (it has since merged with the Chicago Foundation for Women). She has served on various external committees and task forces including serving as the co-chair of the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education, serving on the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s committee on 21st Century Schools of Education, and serving on AACTE’s national task force on teacher retention.
Hilsabeck holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Processes from Northwestern University. Her doctoral work focused on the stratification of collegiate attainment.
In announcing to faculty and staff Hilsabeck’s being named as provost, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., wrote, “Over the last few months (as interim provost), Alison has demonstrated her continued passion, commitment, and skill as a leader. Coupled with her deep knowledge about NLU and our culture, her focus on collaboration and striving for excellence, it quickly became obvious that Alison is the right Provost for NLU. Accordingly, I am thrilled to appoint her to this well-deserved role.”