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Acting and interim leaders appointed

January 10, 2017

Some familiar faces will assume new duties in the months ahead as the university seeks to fill openings on the president’s senior cabinet.

Greg Brady has assumed the role of Acting Vice President and General Counsel. Brady has been an integral part of the university legal team for more than 14 years, serving for the past six as the deputy general counsel. He has dealt with a broad range of issues, including governance, administration, student affairs, research affairs, academic affairs, employment and labor law, and litigation. His appointment was approved at the Dec. 15 meeting of the NIU Board of Trustees.

The Division of Student Affairs is being led by the team of Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Kelly Wesener Michael, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Stang. Wesener Michael joined the university 10 years ago as executive director of housing and dining and has held numerous positions on the executive leadership team within Student Affairs, including serving as acting vice president of the division for one year. Stang has spent much of the past 19 years in leadership positions within Housing and Dining, including seven years as executive director. In his current role, he oversees the health and wellness units on campus. During this dynamic period, the Division of Student Affairs will report to Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman. This action did not require Board of Trustees approval.

In preparation for the March 1 retirement of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Alan Phillips, the Division of Administration and Finance will begin transitioning day-to-day oversight to Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Campus Services John Heckmann and Associate Vice President for Finance & Budget Lawrence Pinkelton. Heckmann will focus on functions relating to the university’s physical plant, grounds, materials management and services. Pending Board of Trustees approval, Pinkelton will assume the title of acting chief financial officer and will focus on managing the financial operations of the university. His duties will include all things related to accounting, budgeting and procurement. He will work closely with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and with the Executive Budget Committee, to ensure all spending is focused on promoting our keystone goal of student career success.

“We are fortunate that, as we begin the process of recruiting talent from across the country to join our senior leadership team, we have outstanding, experienced individuals within our ranks who are prepared to step in,” said NIU President Doug Baker.

(Note that a Campus Update published Jan. 5 stated that all of the changes above were approved by the Board of Trustees at its Dec. 15 meeting. In actuality, they voted only on the appointment of an acting vice president and general counsel.)