NIU Law Dean Resigns After Investigation; Meeting To Approve Interim

Jun 27, 2017

Northern Illinois University's College of Law dean has resigned from his position.

Credit NIU Today

Eric Dannenmaier’s resignation comes after an investigation into alleged improper conduct in the workplace. According to an NIU spokesman, he opted to resign after the investigation’s conclusion, “citing his desire to see the law school remain focused on its important educational mission and to continue his own work in environmental law and policy.”

Dannenmaier voluntarily went on administrative leave in February after learning of the investigation.

A special board meeting Wednesday will determine if Mark Cordes can serve as interim dean until a replacement is found. He has served as acting dean during the investigation.

According to a statement from NIU, the resignation may not be the end of Dannenmaier’s work at the university:

We envision a role for Eric Dannenmaier working in the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships at NIU to develop strategies to ensure that research and scholarship performed at NIU informs governmental policy at the local, state and national level. His expertise in environmental law and policy will advance the development phase of this project.

  • WNIJ's Dana Vollmer and Jessie Schlacks contributed to this report.