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State Lawmakers Challenge Payout for University Leaders

On Tuesday, August 27 several state lawmakers questioned some State of Illinois university officials and legal teams on the issue of the...

DeKalb and NIU: People Problems and Money

Over the past few years when problems arise with City of DeKalb or Northern Illinois University staff, it seems the best way to resolve...

Injunction filed to negate NIU President Doug Baker’s severance package

Misty Haji-Sheikh, DeKalb, has filed a petition seeking a Temporary Restraining Order against the Northern Illinois University's Board of Trustees. In her petition to the...

Baker: Endings and New Beginnings

NIU Presidential Transition Over the past four years, I have enjoyed sharing the progress we’ve made in building a more sustainable organization, creating a more...

Baker Report: Budget Update

As we approach the midpoint of the fiscal year, I write to update you on the state of our finances. The last appropriation we received,...

Baker Report: Correcting Course: New Policies Enhance Transparency

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...

Baker Report: Reaffirming our commitment to free speech

One of our most cherished rights as Americans is our freedom of speech. Millions of brave men and women have fought and died for our...

NIU leaders plan for a brighter future

Recruitment and retention took center stage Friday morning when nearly 150 NIU leaders gathered for President Doug Baker’s strategic plan implementation retreat. Participants, who ranged...

Happy New Year from President Baker!

Happy New Year! As we move into the start of a new semester, we are seeing the beginning of a new administration in Springfield. It...

Ten, nine, eight … farewell, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker’s first full year in DeKalb proved eventful. The Stevens Building is undergoing its long-awaited renovation while work toward realizing the NIU...

Program Prioritization Aligns University for Student Career Success

We’ve recently begun a strategic effort to build a strong foundation for maintaining and improving the quality of academic and administrative programs across NIU...

Baker Report: Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with family and friends. We pause to reflect upon that for which what we are most thankful....