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Trustees begin search for next NIU president

NIU President John G. Peters speaks Northern Illinois University's Cole Hall DeKalb Ill. Sunday February 12 2012. 

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NIU President John G. Peters speaks at Northern Illinois University's Cole Hall in DeKalb, Ill., on Sunday, February 12, 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media |

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Updated: November 8, 2012 7:26PM

DEKALB — A 28-person panel, made up mainly of trustees, faculty and others associated with the university, has been formed to find a new president for Northern Illinois University.

The NIU Board of Trustees Thursday authorized the formation of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to advise the board and submit candidates for the position of NIU’s 12th president.

President John G. Peters announced last month that he will step aside on June 30, 2013.

Robert Boey, who has served on the NIU Board of Trustees since its inception in 1996, will chair the search committee. His co-chairman will be Alan Rosenbaum, a professor of psychology who serves as president of the NIU Faculty Senate and executive secretary of the University Council.

The presidential search will begin immediately, the trustees said. The board expects to have a new president in place by July 1, 2013.

“Initiating the search for a new leader for NIU is bittersweet,” said Cherilyn Murer, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“President Peters has served with distinction for more than 12 years... Make no mistake, the success of the search process we are beginning today will have a direct and profound impact on the future of our great university.”

The board appointed Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search to assist with the presidential search.

Parker Executive Search has helped in recruiting leaders for both public and private universities, the NIU board said. The company has conducted more than 400 successful higher education searches for chancellor, president, vice president, provost, dean and other positions.

“The search process has begun” Murer said. “I am eager to see the names put forward and excited to begin this chapter in our university’s history.”

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