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NIU announces more administrative changes

August 2, 2012
Clockwise from top left: Eddie Williams, Steve Cunningham, Bill Nicklas and Jeff Daurer.

Clockwise from top left: Eddie Williams, Steve Cunningham, Bill Nicklas and Jeff Daurer.

Eddie R. Williams, NIU executive vice president for business and finance and chief of operations, today announced administrative changes as part of a reorganization designed to take advantage of the leadership strengths and knowledge base of members of the administration in order to maintain and improve the quality of service delivered to the NIU community at the highest level.

Effective immediately, assistant vice president Jeffrey Daurer will oversee NIU’s Physical Plant, including the Grounds Department and the Campus Heating Plant.

Steven Cunningham, vice president for administration and human resource services, will oversee the Office of the Controller, the Accounting Office and operation of the Holmes Student Center in addition to his current responsibilities including Human Resource Services, Compliance Administration, Procurement, and Bursar Operations.

Bill Nicklas, associate vice president for university planning and sustainability, has been named acting supervisor of Building Services.  In this role, he will serve as part of the Finance and Facilities leadership team while continuing his current responsibilities overseeing university planning and sustainability.

Additionally, Williams now will directly oversee Materials Management, Employee Services and Human Resources Development, Treasury Operations and Bond Revenue Financial Operations.

“Due to recent administrative retirements and resignations, I have had opportunity to review and reorganize the administrative leadership in the operational area of our division,” Williams wrote in an Aug. 2 memorandum to all Finance and Facilities administrators and staff. “This review has included several changes that I have deemed necessary to improve the efficiency and the effective delivery and continuation of our quality services to the NIU community.”

The university previously announced that Norm Jenkins is assuming the role of acting director of the Convocation Center following the resignation of John Gordon, and he reports directly to the executive vice president. Bob Albanese, former associate vice president of operations, retired this past week.

According to Williams’ memorandum, the changes are already in effect and will be extended through the coming year.

The leadership changes are among several made over the summer because of administrative departures.

Kelly Wesener Michael was appointed acting vice president of the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, effective July 1, following Brian O. Hemphill’s departure for the West Virginia State University presidency. Sherrill Morris recently was named acting associate vice provost for academic outcomes assessment, and Jeanne Meyer was selected as the new director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct after longtime director Larry Bolles retired.