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Over the past four years, I have enjoyed sharing the progress we’ve made in building a more sustainable organization, creating a more just and inclusive environment and the almost daily achievements in teaching, research, artistry and engagement that have promoted our goal of student career success. I also have reported with pride about the awards...
Today the Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) publicly released the final report of the Office of the Executive Inspector General (OEIG) regarding its nearly three-year investigation into the university’s use of the affiliate employment classification in 2013 and 2014. Until now, Illinois state law and the OEIG investigation process have required that this matter be confidential....
As we mark the final day of spring classes, I write with news of new beginnings, new roles and renewed responsibilities. Names involved in these leadership transitions include some familiar ones – Derryl Block, Gerald Blazey and Matt Streb – and some new faces to our campus: Donald Russell Peterson, Frederick D. Barnhart and Sol...
The terms for four NIU trustees expired last week. To fill those roles, Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed three new trustees and reappointed one sitting trustee. Joining the board is Dennis Barsema, a graduate of the NIU College of Business. Mr. Barsema and his wife, Stacey, have contributed a great deal of time and resources...
I’m writing to you today to announce the conclusion of reviews into several complaints regarding procurement practices, employment decisions, and contractual arrangements that occurred in 2013-2014 when I first assumed the presidency and initiated plans to improve the physical campus. The allegations in these complaints have now been investigated, and I want to share the...
After more than two years of preparation, examination and evaluation, the NIU campus community received status reports on Program Prioritization that begin to map out changes resulting from the process. The reports were posted on the university’s Program Prioritization website Monday. A report from President Doug Baker covers recommendations from the Program Prioritization Administrative Task...
Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace, authors of the 2016 book “Generation Z Goes to College,” understand what our current students want from higher education. “These students are driven by different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, skill sets and social concerns than previous generations,” the book’s inside flap reads. “If colleges and universities are to stay relevant,...
Representatives of Illinois and Wisconsin universities today presented the Champion of Science Award to Congressman Bill Foster. The award is given by the Washington, D.C.-based Science Coalition to members of Congress in recognition of their commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and...
Student Career Success – our keystone goal at NIU – is one of my favorite topics for a good reason. Those three words reflect the transformative power of higher education to equip and elevate dreamers and doers into the places where they can make profound marks on the world. They reinforce our mission and remind...
NIU President Doug Baker talks to members of the VAWA Implementation Committee.
NIU President Doug Baker sent this message today to members of the university community. Program Prioritization continues to progress, and I’m energized by the momentum that is building. Members of the Senior Cabinet and I reviewed initial drafts of the divisional action plans during an all-day retreat last Wednesday. We began to explore and discuss...
NIU President Doug Baker
NIU President Doug Baker sent this message today to members of the university community. In the closing hours of the fiscal year, we received some very positive news to report. The governor signed into law a bill that provides higher education with badly needed financial support. For NIU it includes: $48.3 million in operating funds...
When DeKalb Mayor John Rey and I first shook hands April 2, 2013, it became clear that he and I shared a common and urgent goal: to knock down the silos between NIU and the City of DeKalb. We want a great place to live and work. We want our teaching and research to boost...
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