Jeff Daurer assumes new role at NIU

Jeff Daurer

Jeff Daurer

Jeff Daurer has been promoted to associate vice president of Facilities Planning and Operations, NIU announced today.

The move takes advantage of Daurer’s strengths in managing operational areas within the university and leverages his extensive university facilities experience.

“Daurer’s experience in facility operations and planning at NIU is significant,” said NIU President John G. Peters. “He has shown great leadership and vision during his career, including serving as chair of NIU’s Task Force on the Sustainable Campus Environment and as co-chair to the NIU Vision 2020 Facilities and Environment Committee.”

As part of his expanded role, Daurer oversees the essential facilities operations of campus including:

  • Capital Budget & Planning;
  • Architectural & Engineering Services;
  • Environmental Health & Safety;
  • Physical Plant Operations;
  • the campus Heating Plant;
  • the Grounds Department;
  • and Building Services Operations.

These units account for the planning, design and construction of all campus projects as well as the repairs, renovations, maintenance, temperature control and cleaning of more than 7.5 million square feet of building space within NIU’s 756-acre DeKalb campus.

“NIU has undergone a major transformation in its campus landscape for more than a decade,” added Steven Cunningham, acting executive vice president of Finance and Facilities and chief of operations. “Jeff has been personally involved in this campus transformation in the various roles he has performed at NIU.”

Cole Hall exteriorDaurer has personally overseen 17 major construction projects on campus since 2000, including the New Residence Hall, Cole Hall, the NCAA Track and Soccer Field and the Yordon Center. His experiences in planning and construction have given him valuable insights into the day-to-day operations of the units under his leadership.

“I expect a hands-on approach to projects by the supervisors I oversee,” said Daurer, noting there is no substitute for education and first-hand experience. “Having safe and attractive campus facilities is essential to the enrollment and retention of students on our campus, and the day-to-day operations are critical in maintaining a living environment conducive to research, teaching and learning.”

Daurer was appointed assistant vice president for Capital Budget & Planning in June 2012 after serving as director of Capital Budget & Planning since July 2006. Daurer previously served as the Campus Space Administrator (2001-2006) within the Division of Finance & Facilities.

In the years preceding his service to Finance & Facilities, Daurer worked for the Division of Student Affairs, where he was the assistant director for Residence Hall Facilities (1999-2001), the assistant area coordinator for Grant and Stevenson Towers (1997-1999) and the residence hall director for Stevenson Towers South (1994-1997).

The NIU alum holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

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