DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees is expected to begin a formal search process for a permanent president by the fall of next year with the hope of picking a new leader by July 2019.
The first step of the process will be this spring with the creation of a search preparation committee composed of NIU community members and representatives of shared governance. The committee’s job will be to shape the search process to come.
NIU board Chairman Wheeler Coleman said it was in the best interest of the university to delay the search for a permanent president. He also said that acting President Lisa Freeman has the full confidence of the board to lead NIU during the search.
“Acting President Freeman and her leadership team have the full support of the board of trustees,” Coleman said. “We are working jointly to establish goals and priorities that will address key areas such as academic and research excellence, financial sustainability and enrollment growth.”
The board appointed Freeman acting president in June after former President Doug Baker’s announcement that he would resign after the release of a report concluding that he had mismanaged the university.