NAU vice president plans to step down at the end of the school year
By Aurelia Acquati
On Nov. 5, Northern Arizona University (NAU) President John Haeger announced Vice President MJ McMahon will be stepping down from her position in June 2013.
McMahon has served as vice president for the university for over 10 years. In a letter to faculty and staff, President Haeger said McMahon has been involved in a number of NAU’s advancements.
“MJ has extended NAU’s reach nationally, maintained a close collaboration with the Arizona Board of Regents and built closer ties to the Flagstaff community,” Haeger said. “I have relied on her insights and am grateful for her continual support.”
Sarah Bickel, current associate vice president for student affairs, will take over McMahon’s role as vice president starting July 2013.
Haeger said Bickel is well-prepared for fulfilling this new role because she is a trusted senior staff member. However, the responsibilities as vice president will still be a challenging experience.
“Sarah is a trusted member of NAU’s senior staff and her long academic career has prepared her well for this important duty,” Haeger said. “. . . At the same time, please welcome Sarah as she transitions to a challenging leadership position.”
President Haeger commends McMahon on her dedication and efforts at NAU. She will continue to serve as a consultant to Bickel and retire at the end of next year.