Northern Illinois University names new president

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Northern Illinois University named a new president today to replace outgoing president John Peters.

Dr Douglas Baker comes to NIU from the University of Idaho where he serves as provost and executive vice president.

Baker is an expert in organizational strategy and motivation.  He’ll will be taking over at NIU July 1, after Peters steps down after 13 years here as president.

Peters has overseen a lot of change on the DeKalb campus including a massive expansion of building and research. He’s also been here for some big challenges, including the shooting at Cole Hall in 2008, recent scandals involving a hazing death in November, police misconduct investigation and an FBI raid last month at the campus police station.

Dr Baker says despite those challenges he sees great potential for NIU’s future.

“Every university has challenges and the strengths of this institution overwhelm any of those potential factors,” he said. “I’m impressed with the faculty, I’m impressed with the students, I’m impressed with the staff of the university and I’m also very impressed with the 225,000 alumni this institution has. They’re a tremendous resource that can help recruit, retain and help students in the job market. “

Baker has a five year contract with NIU at a base salary of $450,000 dollars a year which  big increase over Peters salary of $335,000.

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