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Applications Being Accepted for Next NIU President


Nominations and applications are being accepted for the next president of Northern Illinois University. John Peters will step down at the end of June. Applications for his replacement will be accepted through February 15th.

The co-chair of the presidential search committee says a hiring firm has been selected.  The search committee will next meet Jan. 11.

NIU has a presidential search pageon its website containing the presidential position description (portions included below)

Preferred Qualifications:  full job description foundhere

  • an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree with a record of academic achievement commensurate with appointment as a tenured professor;
  • evidence of successful advocacy for higher education and an institution’s particular interests among state and federal legislators, executive branch leadership, regulatory agencies, and citizens as well as demonstrated success in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with the community in which the University resides;
  • the vision, integrity, leadership skills, and experience to engage the entire campus community in maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence in an atmosphere of trust and collegiality;
  •  broad managerial skills and experience; a proven record of sound fiscal acumen and leadership;
  • the ability to work with the board of trustees to develop the university’s priorities and strategic vision and a commitment to assisting the trustees in utilizing their full potential to advance institutional goals;
  • recognition of the importance of private fundraising to the long-term financial stability of the University, an understanding of the development mission and practices, and a demonstrated ability to successfully obtain resources from both public and private sources;
  • the commitment, entrepreneurial skills, and ability to foster growth of the academic, research and artistic enterprise and the infrastructure to support it;
  • a record of promoting diversity and inclusion among administrative leaders, faculty, staff, and students;
  • a balanced view of intercollegiate athletics that focuses on academic sucess, compliance and institutional control and athletic competitiveness;
  • An appreciation for the importance of sustainability to the future of the University and community.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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