Ron Walters, who provided consulting services to NIU President Doug Baker until Dec. 31, was paid more than $460,000 during 18 and a half months, even when records indicate he didn’t have scheduled work.
Walters’ salary varied throughout his time at NIU, but he was paid every two weeks, even when his work calendar showed he did not have work for NIU scheduled for days or weeks at a time. NIU also reimbursed Walters for travel against state regulations.
During his time at NIU, Walters, who did not respond to repeated requests for comment, worked with Baker on creating the Master Plan Thesis and Bold Futures Workshops.
Walters’ pay varied throughout his time at NIU, according to the results of a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to NIU by the Northern Star.
Walter was paid $16,250 for his first two weeks at NIU. After that he was paid between $8,125 and $11,250 every two weeks until March 15, 2014, when he was paid $15,000, according to the FOIA results. Walters’ pay stayed at $15,000 every two weeks until his employment at NIU ended on Dec. 31.
Altogether, Walters was paid about $463,125 from July 15, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2014. He did not have a contract or consulting agreement with NIU, according to the results of a FOIA request submitted to NIU by the Northern Star.
In comparison, Baker is paid $450,000 every year
The Northern Star this week, has begun a “Dollars and Cents series” in which their first in the series is titled, “Part One Consultant Ron Walters paid $460K in 18 months, even without scheduled work.”
This in depth piece is the result of good FOIA requests and comes at an interesting time as all Universities in Illinois fight for their cut of the citizen’s tax dollars.