NIU’s new leader already shaping, effecting positive change
Be a part of history as Northern Illinois University celebrates the inauguration of President Douglas D. Baker on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The inauguration is the highlight of a four-day-long set of activities in conjunction with Baker’s installment as NIU’s 12th president.
President Baker brings a rich background in business, organizational management and higher education leadership to DeKalb.
Since his arrival in late June, he has engaged the university community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members – in four areas of strategic focus and institutional priorities. The president’s “Bold Futures” workshops are focusing on ways to unleash and maximize NIU’s human and financial resources in support of the four pillars of his administration:
- Student Career Success
- Thriving Communities
- NIU Financial and Program Viability
- Ethically Inspired Leadership
Baker’s inaugural address is expected to focus on these themes and their role in advancing NIU’s institutional mission and vision.
The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. The program also will spotlight NIU students, faculty and staff who exemplify Baker’s goal of Student Career Success through engagement opportunities in the classroom as well as in local, regional and global communities.
Immediately following the inauguration, the campus community is invited to join Baker for a reception at the Chick Evans Field House prior to watching the NIU Huskies football team take on the Ball State Cardinals at 7 p.m.
Those unable to join Baker and the NIU community during this historic moment for our institution, the inauguration ceremony will be streamed live on the NIU website. Further information will be provided closer to the event.
As provost and executive vice provost of the University of Idaho from 2005 to 2013, President Baker guided the development, implementation and revision of the institution’s strategic plan during a period of fiscal challenges. He worked to shape and oversee a complex and collaborative academic program prioritization process that created a stronger and more efficient organization.
His teaching career began in 1981 at Washington State University-Pullman, where he was an assistant professor of management. He eventually was appointed to lead the Office of Undergraduate Education and vice provost for academic affairs for the Washington State University system before being appointed executive vice president and provost at the University of Idaho.
Baker taught courses in management, organizational behavior, organizational design, strategic planning, human resource management and research methods.
He won MBA Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards – the honors were based on a vote of the MBA students – five times: Teacher of the Year (1992-93), Teacher of the Semester (Spring 1995, Spring 1993 and Fall 1990) and Outstanding Teacher (1989-90). He also won Shell Oil Distinguished (Undergraduate) Teaching Awards in 1990 and 1984 from the College of Business and Economics at Washington State University.
Monday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.
NIU Percussion Ensemble Concert
Monday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m.
NIU Huskies vs. Ball State Football Game
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Marching Band Concert
Thursday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.
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