NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman

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Thursday’s meeting of Northern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees was long, reflecting a lengthy agenda. What it wasn’t, was fraught or contentious.

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NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman will give the State of the University address tomorrow. 

Freeman took over from predecessor Doug Baker on June 28, after he resigned over improper hiring practices. She has been at NIU since 2010, serving as executive Vice President and provost since the fall of 2013. Her speech is scheduled at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Altgeld Hall. 

University trustees announced the search for a new president won’t begin until Fall of 2018. Freeman has said she will not be a candidate for the permanent appointment.

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Northern Illinois University won't begin a formal search for its next president until next year.  The Board of Trustees said the timing is in the best interest of the university.

In a letter released Monday to the NIU community, Board Chairman Wheeler Coleman and Vice Chair Dennis Barsema said feedback from faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders led to the determination to start the search in fall of 2018.

The two said there was a strong push for an open and inclusive process, however long that would take.  

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Northern Illinois University responded Tuesday to the announcement by the Trump administration that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- or DACA -- program. 

The end of DACA could lead to those in the program losing protections that allow them to go to college or get a job without fear of deportation.

NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman emailed a statement to the campus community emphasizing the school’s commitment to admitting, retaining -- and supporting -- all its students, regardless of immigration status.