NIU to introduce school’s 12th president April 2

Online Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall to appoint the 12th president of NIU.

A welcome reception for the new president will follow, from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. in Altgeld Auditorium. The new president will make brief remarks at 2 p.m.

NIU President John G. Peters announced during his Oct. 11, 2012, State of the University Address that he would step aside June 30, 2013. Under Peters’ leadership, NIU gained national and international recognition for its student focus and engagement, excellence in faculty research and teaching, and successful commitments to regional economic development and community service.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched the NIU campus police station March 6. Peters said the search focused on police department electronic and paper records dating to 2005. The FBI’s search lasted more than eight hours.

Former NIU Police Chief Donald Grady was fired in February for the alleged mishandling of evidence in a sexual assault case. A DeKalb County grand jury indicted a former NIU police officer of sexual assault in February, but the charges were eventually dropped. It is unclear whether the March 6 search of the campus police station was related to Grady’s firing or the sexual assault case.

The FBI has said the search warrants were executed in “an ongoing criminal investigation” involving the Illinois State Police, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Posted April 1, 2013

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