The Arizona Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Northern Arizona University’s Patricia Haeuser as vice president for Planning, Budget and Institutional Effectiveness.

NAU President John Haeger recommended establishing the new vice presidency to centralize university offices in budget, planning and institutional research. The office also will oversee university performance on accountability measures for the Arizona Board of Regents and at the state and federal level.

“This position signals to the campus the necessity of a vigorous planning process, with budget decisions linked to university-wide strategic planning,” Haeger said. “Pat Haeuser also will take the lead in tracking the measures of accountability that determine the overall effectiveness of the university.

“Pat’s tremendous success in aligning NAU’s budget and planning process and her leadership in budget policy development have ensured the university’s ability to fund its high-priority strategic initiatives,” Haeger said. “She has made enormous contributions to the revitalization of Northern Arizona University.”

Previously, Haeuser served as associate vice president for Planning, Budget and Institutional Research and as director of Planning and Institutional Research at NAU. Initially, she directed the development of institutional data and reporting and facilitated the development of a university strategic planning process. Two years ago, she took over responsibility for the University Budget Office and began the integration of budget development and allocation with university strategic planning.

Haeuser has been active in the Baldrige National Quality Program and was instrumental in assisting the University of Wisconsin-Stout to become the first higher education institution to win the Baldrige Award. The award is given to organizations judged to be outstanding in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management’ human resource focus; process management; and results.

Haeuser earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to coming to NAU, she had responsibility for budget, planning and analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.