DeKALB – After Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center director left his position last week, Norm Jenkins is ready to step in as acting director.
Jenkins, a 1985 NIU graduate, worked as the Holmes Student Center associate director until he assumed his new position Wednesday.
NIU spokesman Paul Palian said John Gordon, who directed the Convocation Center for all 10 years it has been in operation, resigned last week for personal reasons. Palian did not elaborate.
Gordon was one of two NIU administrators who left the university last week. Robert Albanese, associate vice president of operations in the Division of Finance and Facilities, retired. Palian said Albanese’s decision to retire also was for personal reasons. Palian said that to his knowledge, there was no connection between the two administrators leaving.
“Obviously those are two pretty big positions,” he said. “Business must go on with the university in those departments. We’re reorganizing with the departure of those two people.”
Although Gordon’s position already has been filled by Jenkins as acting director, Palian said he expects university officials will start looking for someone to take over Albanese’s office in the next week or so.
Jenkins has worked for the university for two decades and said in a news release that he plans to enhance the cooperation between the Holmes Student Center and the Convocation Center so both operate as efficiently as possible.
The Convocation Center opened in August 2002 and is a 10,000-seat, $36 million multipurpose building that hosts numerous events, including graduation ceremonies.
Before he was associate director of the Holmes Student Center, Jenkins worked as the building’s assistant director, assistant athletic director for facilities and events and as the ticket manager for NIU athletics. He began his tenure at NIU in 1991 as director of ticket sales and merchandising.