Indiana University Northwest has named Vicki Román-Lagunas executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. She is acting provost and a professor of Spanish at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Román-Lagunas will begin her new role July 3. As second-in-command to the university president, Román-Lagunas oversaw the 35 departments of Academic Affairs at NEIU, where she was first appointed in 1996 as an assistant professor of Spanish and women’s studies and held a variety of senior-level administrative positions during her tenure there. With 21 years of experience in faculty and administrative positions, she is known for her passion for higher education administration and talent for collaborative leadership. In her new role, Román-Lagunas earned her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture from Florida State University and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Spanish from University of Arizona and College of William and Mary.