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NIU to name new president today

DeKALB – You can meet Northern Illinois University's next president today.

University officials have not announced who the Board of Trustees is expected to hire as NIU's 12th president at a special meeting. But all community members, faculty, staff and students are invited to a welcome ceremony immediately afterward.

The new leader has been expected to start July 1, as NIU President John Peters announced Oct. 12 that he will retire June 30.

Peters, who was appointed president in June 2000, shepherded the university community through the aftermath of the 2008 campus shootings and into the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the highest possible Carnegie ranking for research universities. More recently, the university has weathered an FBI search of its police station, misconduct allegations against high-ranking officials, and an improper scrap metal recycling operation involving university-owned materials.

The business meeting will be at 1 p.m. today in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall, while the reception will be in Altgeld Auditorium. The ceremony will be from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m.; the new president's remarks begin at 2 p.m. Altgeld Hall is located near the intersection of Castle Drive and College Avenue.

The decision comes about a week after NIU trustees met four finalists off-campus in a closed meeting March 22.

On March 23, small groups of faculty, staff, alumni and foundation board members, as well as community leaders, met with the final four. Those meetings also were closed, with participants signing confidentiality agreements.

The finalists were selected from 10 people who met in closed session last week with the presidential search advisory committee at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. The 28-member search committee spent about 90 minutes interviewing the 10 finalists, who were selected from 48 candidates.

If you go
What: Welcome reception for NIU's new president
When: 1:45 to 3:30 p.m today
Where: Altgeld Auditorium, near the intersection of Castle Drive and College Avenue

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