At the spring campus forum, President Rita Cheng announced the new diversity fellow will be Gabriel Montano. He is a professor of applied physics and material sciences and will begin to work during the summer.

"I can’t think of anyone better than Gabe to help us prepare for this work and I want to thank everyone who participated in this important process," Cheng said.

According to Cheng, one of the key roles of the diversity fellow is to work with the campus to prepare NAU for a Hispanic Serving Institution designation.

Additionally, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) awarded three professors with the rank of Regents' Professor, which is the most prestigious rank a faculty member can earn. Cheng presented their achievements and why they were awarded this reputable title.

Cheng first announced Julie Baldwin. She is a professor in the department of health sciences, and is the founding director of the center for health equity research and lead principal investigator for the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative.

Cheng then recognized Peter Fule´. He is the inaugural Charles O. and Mary Minor Endowed Professor in the school of forestry. Additionally, he is an internationally recognized expert in restoration and fire ecology.

The third Regents' professor announced was Andrew Richardson. He is a professor in the school of informatics, computing and cyber security is a world-renowned expert in phenology, which is the study of seasonal rhythms of plants and animals in various ecosystems.

"These professors represent the elite of their fields and demonstrate the top-tier faculty we have at Northern Arizona University," Cheng said. "Their research and scholarship have changed the world and our understanding of their respective fields, as well as the lives and the careers of the students and faculty members they have mentored."