Dr. William and Mrs. Josephine Monat
Professor Monat earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota with a principal focus on public administration. He has taught at Wayne State University, The Pennsylvania State University, the City University of New York, and Northern Illinois University. He has also served as executive assistant to the governor of Michigan, and as director of budget and finance for the speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. In addition, he has served as chairman of the Department of Political Science, the academic vice president and provost, and the president of Northern Illinois University, as well as chancellor of the Illinois Board of Regents, which until 1996 governed Northern Illinois University and two other state universities. Professor Monat has also served as academic vice president of Baruch College of the City University of New York and as consultant to the U.S. Department of labor, the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Illinois Governor’s Commission of Science and Technology and currently is a member of the board of directors for the Foundation for Political Management, New York, New York. He also served a 10 year term as Chairman of the City of DeKalb Planning Commission and was appointed a trustee of the DeKalb Sanitary District. The NIU Press published his book " The Achieving Institution: A Presidential Perspective on Northern Illinois University" NIU Press, June 2001. Although he retired from the university in 1992, he continues to serve as an adjunct professor of public administration.