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Doug Baker
Earlier this week at DeKalb’s State of the City event, I spoke about the tremendous opportunity for collaboration between Northern Illinois University and our community to promote our common interests. High on this list is the goal of creating a welcoming environment full of spaces and activities for students that create memories and the desire...
Doug Baker
When we send our children off to campus we want to know what is being done to help ensure their safety. As president of Northern Illinois University and a father of two daughters, I am personally and professionally committed to making NIU a safe and welcoming place. Let me provide a few examples of how...
Doug Baker
This week, I attended the Association of Governing Boards conference with trustees John Butler and Marc Strauss in Washington, D.C. I also attended the APLU Council of Presidents summer meetings, which focused on important topics affecting higher education such as improving student retention. On Tuesday, I enjoyed meeting with six of NIU’s D.C. interns who...
Douglas D. Baker
During Monday evening’s DeKalb City Council meeting, aldermen approved a five year agreement for the city to provide fire protection services to the university. As part of the agreement, NIU is contributing $275,000 towards the purchase of an aerial ladder truck. This agreement illustrates — as did the recent full scale emergency safety exercise and...
Douglas D. Baker
Some uncertainty regarding the state’s budget appropriations has been removed as the Illinois General Assembly approved a $35.7 billion budget last week that provides $93,189,500 to NIU – a decrease of $223,100 (0.24 percent) from last year. The budget bill awaits the signature of Gov. Quinn. While this relatively flat appropriation offers a bit of a...
NIU President Doug Baker
On Saturday, Gov. Pat Quinn will join us in recognizing the 99 graduates of the College of Law during NIU’s last commencement exercise of the spring. However, we will continue to welcome the high school class of 2014 from area schools in DeKalb at the NIU Convocation Center for their own commencement exercises. My hope...
Douglas D. Baker
Today, I write regarding some important developments regarding pension reform in the state of Illinois. Wednesday, a circuit court judge issued a temporary restraining order against implementing the pension reform law enacted last fall until the court can rule on the constitutionality of those measures. On Monday, the State Universities Annuitants Association reached a tentative...
NIU President Doug Baker
I have the privilege this weekend of presiding over Northern Illinois University’s spring commencement exercises. It will be my honor to welcome approximately 3,100 students to the ranks of our alumni, who number more than 225,000. It is very uplifting to see our graduates move on to their careers, continue graduate studies or find other...
Doug Baker
Friday is reading day on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus—a day used by students to review all they have learned over the course of the year in preparation for final exams next week. As the semester comes to a close, I, too, have had a chance to look back on this past year. It has...
Douglas D. Baker
Our campus stands poised for a period of great opportunities as we re-envision the university and address our significant challenges. Some of these challenges are externally imposed, such as the new pension laws, which are expected to spur a record number of retirements this spring. Those retirements will result in a loss of valued employees...
Douglas D. Baker
As I’ve often heard from our alumni, coming to Northern Illinois University is the first step in a life-changing journey filled with opportunity that empowers our students to be successful in their chosen path – whether it be in their personal lives, careers or in lifelong pursuit of education. A campus visit or open house...
Douglas D. Baker
Building thriving communities is among the pillars of student career success that I often talk about when I represent NIU in various capacities. This week is no different. Yesterday morning, I joined WLBK radio in DeKalb to talk about communiversity initiatives and working together toward bold futures not only for our students, but also our...
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