Northern Illinois University names new president
DeKALB — Northern Illinois University Tuesday named its 12th president: Douglas Baker, current provost and executive vice president of the University of Idaho. Look, Not from Illinois!!!
The announcement came that afternoon, immediately following the vote by the school’s board of trustees.
Baker’s appointment will be effective July 1, according to NIU. He will replace John Peters, who announced in October that he planned to retire at the end of June after 13 years leading the DeKalb school.
The 57-year-old had been trustees’ “top choice” to succeed Peters, according to Cherilyn Murer, board chair.
And Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum, co-chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, said, “The PSAC was impressed with Douglas Baker’s wide range and depth of experiences.”
“At his core, he is an educator who is deeply committed to the student learning experience. He is also a faculty advocate who places high value on shared governance. He is well equipped to navigate the complex issues that face higher education today, and I believe he will build upon the university’s national reputation for engaged learning, research and service to the region.”
According to the University of Idaho website, Baker became provost and executive vice president in 2005.
He had been at Washington State University for 24 years before that, during whih he was vice-provost for academic affairs and director of the office of undergraduate education, according to NIU. Previously, he had
taught courses in management, organizational behavior, organizational design, strategic planning, human resource management and research methods, it said. Understands the classroom
He served on the Faculty Senate, including as its chair, and won MBA Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards five times, including Teacher of the Year. He also won the Shell Oil Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1990 and in 1984.
“Dr. Douglas Baker has been successful across all facets of higher education,” said Robert Boey, who chaired the presidential search advisory committee and has served on the NIU Board of Trustees since its inception in 1996.
“He’s a leader who works to create consensus, make decisions and move forward.”Baker holds a Ph.D. in business from the University of Nebraska, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University, according to NIU.NIU has nearly 23,000 students.
The Courier-News will speak with Baker at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Stay tuned to couriernewsonline.com for details.