To the editor:
What a waste of time and money! NIU has decided to delay naming a new president until maybe July 2019. And they plan to conduct an extensive search – at probably more than $100,000 cost at a time the university needs every dollar for staffing, recruiting, and educating its students.
They have three solid candidates right under their noses, but seem to ignore that option. Acting President Lisa Freeman has indicated she is not interested but has all the credentials and broad support to run the university. Why not draft her?
Then we have Dennis Barsema, a man who has devoted his fortune to build the business school, his time without pay as an instructor, and now serves as a trustee. If he would be half as successful in managing a university as he was at building a billion dollar business in Silicon Valley, he’s the man we need.
And let’s not forget former NIU vice president Bill Nicklas, who has three degrees, including a master’s and doctorate from NIU. His background has proven him to be a progressive leader, and he certainly has the inside knowledge of how NIU is run as well as its weaknesses.
So if the Board of Trustees is smart and doesn’t want to just be in a holding pattern the next two years, consider these three first. They could have a new president in place by early 2018.
NIU Class of ’63 alum