Located only 60 miles west from the heart of Chicago, the college's strong ties to the Chicago-area business community provide NIU's business college and learners with executive perspectives into business realities, firm-specific classroom projects, and specialized technology centers to support those projects.
Each semester, high profile executives, such as Ralph de la Vega, President & CEO AT&T Mobility and an NIU MBA alumnus, serve as Executives in Residence in the NIU College of Business. These executives possess a wealth of business and world experiences, are highly respected within industry, and come from the ranks of CEOs, company founders/owners, or senior level executives. These highly accomplished individuals share with NIU business students their vast expertise on addressing global business issues, leading organizations, developing relationships, giving back, and succeeding in life.
On average, more than 100 business professionals and visiting academicians a year share their expertise and perspectives with NIU business students through regular speaker series or other special events.
Venues for business professionals to help shape the college's activities and educational process include: