2-130 Rebecca Crown Center
633 Clark Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208
Please e-mail or phone Judi Remington or Adriana Montoya for scheduling inquiries (see contact information below).
President's Office Staff
Meet the Staff
In her role as chief of staff and senior director since September of 2017, Judith Remington provides operational and managerial oversight for the Office. She serves as a member of the President’s Senior Staff and liaises with various constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and members of the community. Judith manages the President’s daily and long-term schedules while also providing strategic guidance, resources and support to administrative and academic units across the University.
Judith joined Northwestern in 1993 as the assistant to the dean of academic affairs, Mark Satterthwaite, at the Kellogg School of Management, and was soon promoted to academic affairs coordinator. Henry Bienen, the 15th president of Northwestern University, recruited her to join the Office of the President in 1995.
She earned a BS, in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature, and an MBA from Loyola University. She also received an MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy.
Lisa J. Anderson has managed Special Projects at Northwestern University since July 2015. Her key priorities include the promotion of undergraduate mentoring in academia and research, fostering diversity in the academy, and celebrating secondary and post-secondary teaching and learning.
Lisa directs the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program and the Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award (DSTA) program. She also provides support for commencement and honors ceremonies, the Presidential Directive on Intercollegiate Athletics, and other academic projects and initiatives. She additionally serves as a member of the Committee on Athletics and Recreation, the One Book One Northwestern Selection Committee, and the Association of Northwestern Women Executive Board.
Lisa received an AB in Philosophy and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) from the University of Michigan and an MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. In 2017, she was awarded an Alumnae of Northwestern University Research Grant for work advancing the Northwestern Medical Scholars (NMS) program.
Rob Asghar joined the Office of the President in July 2018. He offers counsel and support in communicating the University’s goals, priorities and progress to a variety of audiences and constituencies. He also works closely with NU’s Office of Global Marketing and Communications to ensure consistency of messaging between the Office of the President and other units across the University.
Before coming to Northwestern, he served as a special adviser to two presidents at the University of Southern California, where he developed the core messages for billion-dollar fundraising campaigns, community relations projects and other major ventures. His articles and commentaries have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes.com and dozens of other publications around the world. He is the author of Leadership Is Hell: How to Manage Well and Escape with Your Soul and co-author of The Art & Adventure of Leadership. He earned his BA in journalism from USC in 1987.
Nancy M. Cunniff joined Northwestern in 2010 as coordinator of One Book One Northwestern, a program aimed at engaging the campus in a common conversation around a thought-provoking book. During her tenure, she has elevated the “One Book” brand to become a signature University program involving the entire campus. Each year she develops new strategies, partnerships and programs centered on the book’s themes. A hallmark of the initiative includes a humanities festival that fosters interdisciplinary conversation and community. She supervises all logistics, including campus visits from high-profile speakers.
Nancy also serves as a Hobart House Fellow (Women’s Residential College) and is a graduate of the first Change Makers class, a University community formed to understand social identities and apply that understanding and cultural competency to create more inclusive units. She received her BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and has been a lifelong member of the Evanston community. Nancy is currently a member of the Evanston Township High School Educational Foundation Board and has been an active member of the Woman’s Club of Evanston for more than 20 years, serving as president in 2002.
Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr. has served as assistant to the President of Northwestern University since 1999. He joined the administration in 1995 as associate provost for faculty affairs. He also holds faculty appointments in the Religious Studies Department of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Social Policy, where he teaches regularly in the master's program in Higher Education Administration and Policy.
Eugene oversees University program initiatives designed to enhance community and diversity in the University, chairing the One Book One Northwestern and Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award programs. He coordinates the work of the faculty committee on recreational and intercollegiate athletics and has chaired University-wide committees on the status of underrepresented minorities and integrity in intercollegiate athletics. Eugene has served as principal investigator for the Mellon postdoctoral program in the humanities since 1996 and, in 2008-2009, began serving as the coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.
Eugene represents Northwestern on the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and on the Senior Diversity Officers Group of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. A historian of American religion, his writings about religion, race and American culture have appeared in a number of books and journals. He received a BA in religion from Princeton University and an MDiv and PhD from Union Theological Seminary.
Adriana Montoya joined the Office of the President in January 2019. In her role as Administrative Assistant, she maintains the president’s calendar and handles the department’s correspondence. She liaises with various departments within the University to schedule meetings for the president, collect materials and briefings for these meetings, and foster strong interdepartmental relationships. Adriana collaborates with and supports the chief of staff to assist with managing daily operations of the Office of the President. She also manages and maintains the office inventories.
Adriana had previously served in the Office of Research since December of 2015, and also worked in Northwestern’s Payroll Department as a high school student. She received her BA in Communication, Media & Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University and graduated summa cum laude. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Madeline Oklesen began working in the Office of the President in January 2018. Her key duties include coordinating logistics for dinners at the president’s home and assisting Eugene Lowe, Jr. Additionally, she provides administrative support for the department and chief of staff. She provides administration for on-site events in Hardin Hall, and assists with calendar management for the president’s office.
Prior to joining Northwestern, Madeline worked in healthcare reception, scheduling appointments, maintaining and transferring patient records and fielding questions regarding billing and insurance. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Paula W. Peterson joined the Office of the President in January 2014. She provides support for financial operations, such as paying invoices, generating expense reports, reconciling p-card statements and budgets, and creating reports and gathering data as needed. She works closely with Alumni Relations and Development to gather and coordinate the president’s travel needs. Paula creates travel itineraries and arrangements for President Schapiro and copy-edits various documents that come through the office.
Paula has a BA from Brandeis University and an MA from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Northwestern, she worked part-time for many years as a writer and teacher while raising her son.
Rachel Woods joined the Office of the President in January 2019. In her role as Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, she greets and directs guests, supports the chief of staff and other administrative assistants, and manages Hardin Hall reservations.
Rachel has a BS from the University of Evansville. Prior to joining Northwestern, she worked in medical malpractice insurance reception, fielding calls, answering questions, and assisting office guests.