President selects longtime employee for key position

Isa Rueda

A new assistant to the president has been selected. President Rita Cheng announced Isa Rueda will fill the position after Dianna Grimaldi’s retirement in August.

The position includes working with senior management across campus, managing the president’s calendar, planning and implementing meetings with government officials and overseeing multiple communications.

Rueda started at the university in 1985 and worked in the Office of the President for more than a decade with then President Eugene Hughes. She has held numerous positions during her nearly 30 years on campus including executive assistant to the vice president for Legislative and Public Affairs and executive assistant in the Office of Public Affairs.

Rueda, who is bilingual, has been honored with the Peer Recognition Award and the NAU President’s Award.

“I was impressed by the high-caliber of candidates who applied for this position,” Cheng said. “We selected Isa because of her deep knowledge of the university, her organizational skills and her proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a demanding environment.”

Cheng thanked Grimaldi for her 15 years of service at NAU, particularly with assisting with the transition to NAU in her first year.