A farewell reception is planned from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, for Eddie R. Williams.
The event takes place in the Altgeld Auditorium. Remarks are scheduled at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Williams came to NIU as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1970. Forty-three years and a lifetime of personal and professional achievement and service later, Williams announced he will retire Friday, May 31.
Appointed executive vice president and chief of operations in 2000, Williams oversees one of the two largest divisions of the university: the Division of Finance & Facilities.
More than 1,600 full-time university staff perform tasks as diverse as plowing snow, cleaning buildings, accounting and financial services, to architectural and engineering services designing and building new facilities and renovations across the 800-acre campus.
Over the past 25 years, Williams was responsible for the development of the university’s state budget request and provided support, justification, oral and written testimony on a variety of issues before state agencies including the Board of Higher Education, the Illinois General Assembly, the governor’s staff and the Office of Management & Budget.