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Saib Othman, Ph.D.

Provost of National Louis University

In September 2019, Saib Othman, Ph.D. was appointed as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at National Louis University (NLU), bringing more than 20 years of experience and a record of achievements in academic and educational leadership. Dr. Othman is a member of the Reviewer Corps of the Higher Learning Commission and has a deep appreciation for the values and traditions of higher education. He is well-versed in the current challenges facing colleges and universities and the strategies that have been successfully implemented at thriving institutions.

Before joining NLU, Dr. Othman served as an Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Marian University-Indianapolis where he served on the President’s Cabinet and as the Provost’s chief deputy. He co-chaired a taskforce with the President to implement a strategic goal where he led the effort to establish a set of institutional learning outcomes that all Marian graduates will attain through core courses and high impact practices. He chaired a taskforce that prepared an institutional strategic plan to advance STEM research and education at Marian University. He restructured academic units to facilitate collaboration and increase operational efficiency and revised the faculty hiring and evaluation procedures. Dr. Othman led the development of a semester-long orientation and onboarding program for all new faculty and offered day-long leadership training workshops for department chairs and program directors across the university.

Before joining Marian University, he served in various teaching and leadership roles at Aurora University, Aurora, IL including Mathematics Department Chair, Assistant Dean, Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the Dean of the College of Graduate and Adult Studies. Dr. Othman helped secure grant funding from the US Department of Education and served as a Principal Investigator (PI) and a Co-PI for six grants with a total funding of more than $3.7 million dollars. Through the grant projects, he led the design and delivery of Masters programs and professional development workshops for in-service teachers in STEM fields. Additionally, he represented Aurora University on the Faculty Advisory Council to the Illinois Board of Higher Education from 2009 to 2012.

In 2017, he was selected as one of 45 administrators in higher education nationwide to participate in the Senior Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership program offered through the Council of Independent Colleges. In the summer of 2006 Dr. Othman participated in a National Science Foundation sponsored workshop on Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET). In his earlier years, he was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications workshop at the University of Minnesota in summer 1996.

Dr. Othman holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Physics from UAE University, a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa. He has published multiple articles and presented at national conferences on STEM education including the annual MSP meeting hosted by the U. S Dept. of Education and the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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