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Board of Executive Advisors


The Board of Executive Advisors (BOEA) of the College of Business is key to the success of the college. As stakeholders, they represent many types of organizations and geographic regions. Members meet formally twice a year. In addition members have a partnership with the college where we may assist each other in many ways.

Members are asked at each meeting to provide the college with advice on a variety of matters such as:

  • Strategic planning
  • Hiring and promotion practices
  • Global business issues
  • Workplace diversity
  • Assessment areas

BOEA Meeting Schedule

Questions regarding the BOEA's meeting schedule can be directed to Noca Ervin at or 815-753-1757.

The college has a long history of infusing these ideas to make our curriculum and operations reflective of good business practice. The Board is highly respected by the faculty, administration and students as facilitators, speakers, and voluntary financial supporters of the College of Business.

Message from the Dean

The Board of Executive Advisors (BOEA) for NIU's College of Business plays key roles in helping the college identify strategic initiatives, develop ties with business partners, keep its curriculum current and relevant, and strengthen student and faculty relationships with current business practice. Since its inception in 1979, the BOEA has played a major role in shaping the direction of the college.

Our Board Members contribute a significant amount of time, energy, effort and attention to their role in advising the college. Members commit to a minimum three year term, but most sign up for a second term and then remain as Associate Members indefinitely. As the dean of the College, I am very appreciative of the knowledge base and leadership experience the membership offers. It will be my pleasure to work with the Board of Executive Advisors to move the College of Business at NIU forward in the years ahead.

Balaji Rajagopalan, Dean
College of Business