Elaine P. Maimon, PhD

Title: President
Company: Governors State University
Location: Crete, Illinois, United States

Elaine P. Maimon, PhD, President at Governors State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.

Having accrued more than 45 years of professional expertise in academia, Dr. Maimon was appointed president of Governors State University in Illinois in 2007, where she is also a tenured professor of English. Prior, she served as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2004 to 2007 and provost and vice president of Arizona State University West Campus from 1996 to 2014. Between 1982 and 1996, Dr. Maimon had served in various roles at the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and Queens College, part of the City University of New York. She commenced her career with Arcadia University in 1973 as an English professor, rising to the rank of director of the composition program, associate vice president for special projects, and associate dean for curriculum research until 1984. Finding great success in her career, Dr. Maimon was named to Notable Women in Education by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2018. In 2015, she was the recipient of a Fidelity Investment/American Council on Education Award for Institutional Transformation and a Review Committee Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, among various other recognitions.

In addition to her role Governors State University, Dr. Maimon is a founding board member of South Suburban Chicago Development Authority since 2019. Presently, she also maintains membership with the American Council on Education Executive Board of Directors, Association of American College and Universities President’s Trust, Chicago Network, Conference on College Composition Communications, National Commission Women, National Council Teachers English, and Phi Beta Kappa. A prolific writer, she has authored various books and academic curricula. Dr. Maimon studied English at the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1966, a Master of Arts in 1967, and a Doctor of Philosophy, with distinction, in 1970. Additionally, she achieved an honorary degree from Prairie State College in 2008. To attest to her legacy, Dr. Maimon can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who of American Women.

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