Director of Public Affairs

Director of Public Affairs

Joe Palmer

Campus Life Building Suite 180Q
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-9922
Office Hours: 
Mon. Wed. & Fri. 2:00 - 4:30PM
Tues. & Thurs. 1:00 - 4:30PM


My name is Joe Palmer and I’m a senior political science major here at NIU. I am excited and humbled to be the new Director of Public Affairs for the Student Association.

After visiting NIU during my senior year at Rolling Meadows High School, I knew there was something great about this university that I wanted to be a part of: its character. From the classroom to the athletic fields NIU is full of potential, energy, and talent. I look forward to working with you all to make this university reach new heights.

Since arriving at Northern, I have been involved in numerous student activities and groups. I’ve had plenty of opportunities and jobs which have left me uniquely qualified for this position. As an editor of The Northern Star I worked daily to create content and manage staff to ensure a quality product, while my time as a University Honors Fellow granted me the ability to further my outreach and networking skills in new ways. Being named a Forward, Together Forward Scholar has also been a major highlight of my academic career and opened a great many doors for me. I have even some spent time behind the mask as Victor E. Huskie the university mascot at a number of university events. I am sure that in some capacity or another, I have interacted with a great many of you in my time here and for that I am truly grateful. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you and I feel confident in my ability to effectively make the most of the connections between the students and their government.

A primary facet of my position is to relay information from the SA to you, my fellow students. To this end I am planning on opening new communication channels and opportunities for interaction to increase the amount of discussion and discourse between our many student groups. It is my sincerest hope that by the end of my tenure all students will have a firm grasp of how the SA operates and what its mission is, while also making sure that the SA has an understanding of what the students expect and want from its government and representation. My goal is to create a relationship based on trust and understanding between the SA and the students that will last far into the future. I hope to also be an outlet of accurate, reliable information for the students and to this end I plan on making myself available to all students and groups for any help or information they may need from the Student Association.

Northern is truly special in the amount of faith and trust it puts in its students to participate in the daily operations of the university and the consideration it puts into student opinion. I hope you will all join me in this venture to better the channels which allow the student voice to be heard.

I am looking forward to a great year.

Go Huskies, Joe Palmer