Education and learning

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Enthusiasm ran high on the campus of Northern Illinois University yesterday as the public met the school’s next president for the first time. The Board of Trustees hired 57-year-old Doug Baker from the University of Idaho to lead the school beginning July First.

Idaho VP/Provost Will Lead NIU

Apr 2, 2013
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Douglas D. Baker, Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Idaho, has been selected as the twelfth president of Northern Illinois University.

An award-winning professor of business and scholar of management and leadership in higher education, Baker, 57, will assume the presidency on July 1.

NIU’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to hire the 57-year-old Baker, an expert in organizational strategy, structure and motivation.


Charges have been dropped against one of Northern Illinois University’s top financial officials. University controller Keith Jackson was charged last year with two felonies and one misdemeanor related to the so-called “coffee fund” scandal. 

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University officials are preparing to announce who their next leader will be. Although school representatives are being cryptic about the announcement, it could come as early as this week.

Northern Illinois University

The search for the next president of Northern Illinois University moves forward today… behind closed doors at its Naperville campus. The school’s Board of Trustees will meet with four finalists, whose identities have not been disclosed.

Northern Illinois University

The search for Northern Illinois University’s next president has been narrowed to four candidates. The school is seeking a replacement for President John Peters, who will leave the university in June.


A top administrator at Northern Illinois University is now on paid leave. The move involving Eddie Williams is related to the search of the campus police department by federal authorities this week. 

Closings And Cancellations For Tuesday

Mar 5, 2013
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

New additions in bold

The following schools are closed and events postponed due to the snowstorm Tuesday, March 5th. Check back for updates.

DeKalb School District

Starting March 4th, Illinois public school students will sharpen their number 2 pencils for this year’s round of standardized testing known as the ISATs. Meanwhile, school districts are warning parents that kids aren’t expected to score as highly as last year, under new higher standards. 


Northern Illinois University Police Chief Donald Grady has been fired.