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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...
NIU President Doug Baker
As promised, I am closing the loop on our discussion of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and the steps we are taking to increase revenues and decrease expenditures to ensure that we have appropriate working capital reserves to support our operations in FY18. Last month, I laid out a goal of creating a modest reserve...
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...
When I last wrote to you April 4 about our budget deliberations, I promised to communicate again before the end of the month where we were in the process.  This note will serve to deliver on this commitment. Yesterday my cabinet and I sought feedback from the university’s Resource, Space, and Budget Committee and Academic...
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...
  Latino parents in the DeKalb and Sycamore school districts are preparing for the spring session of Universidad para Padres (Parent University), a free program that empowers mothers, fathers and grandparents to take active roles in their personal growth along with their children’s academic success. The program consists of 14 evening sessions held from September...
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...
President Baker will issue a Program Prioritization progress report to the campus community on Monday, Nov. 28.  The report will provide an update on the programs reviewed in the spring by the Program Prioritization Task Forces.
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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