Northern Arizona University President John Haeger used a very public forum to say, “It takes a university to educate a teacher.”

Haeger explained that every outstanding NAU program has at its very core educators who inspire students.

The president’s thoughts appeared in The Arizona Republic on Sunday in a special section that focused on the roles of Arizona’s universities in today’s society.

The Republic’s coverage included an editorial titled “Universities vital to Arizona’s future success,” which addressed common misconceptions about university research and mentioned the work of two NAU professors, and included a column about the universities’ role in bolstering Arizona’s economy.

The column was written by Jack Jewett, incoming president of the Flinn Foundation; John Murphy, the Flinn Foundation’s outgoing president; and Vince Roig, chairman of the Helios Education Foundation.