Dr. John Peters

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It was ten years ago this Wednesday that five students were shot and killed in a Northern Illinois University classroom. Retired NIU President John Peters returned to the school this weekend to take part in a number of observances.

Peters was the public face of NIU in the difficult days after the shooting. Behind the scenes, he took on the role of comforter-in-chief for the families of the five who were murdered. He says this weekend gave him the opportunity to reconnect with the families, the students who were injured, and the community.

Northern Illinois University

It was five years ago today that five Northern Illinois University students were murdered in a crowded classroom. 


NIU Today

The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved a 28-person Presidential Search Advisory Committee. President John G. Peters announced during his State of the University Address that he will step aside June 30, 2013.

Dr. Peters Helped Build NIU Through Dedication

Oct 12, 2012
NIU Media Relations

The son of first-generation immigrants from Eastern Europe, John Peters grew up understanding the importance of hard work and the value of education. The core values of dedication, family and sacrifice, which he learned on a small dairy farm in Strongsville, Ohio, helped prepare him to meet the challenges and changes of leading a 21st century university, a position he has held since 2000.

Dr. Peters Will Leave NIU In June 2013

Oct 11, 2012
NIU Media Services

Dr. John G. Peters will step down as president of Northern Illinois University effective with the end of the current academic year. Peters announced his plans during this afternoon's State of the University address.

The  respected political scientist became the 11th president of NIU in June 2000.