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Diane Drake / WNIJ

It’s inauguration week at Northern Illinois University. Doug Baker will be welcomed as NIU’s 12th president in ceremonies throughout the week…even though he’s held the position for more than four months now. 


Northern Illinois University's new president is putting his mark on the school's organizational charts. President Doug Baker announced a number of leadership changes at the university today.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University President John Peters still has seven weeks left on the job – but Monday, the campus and community came together to say goodbye.

Media Services / NIU

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.

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.


Nominations and applications are being accepted for the next president of Northern Illinois University. John Peters will step down at the end of June. Applications for his replacement will be accepted through February 15th.


Northern Illinois University employees received more than a traditional Thanksgiving greeting from their president in their inboxes this week: President John Peters also laid out a series of in-depth reviews the university is planning in response to several recent internal controversies. 

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.