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NIU Board to have forums for public on Freeman candidacy

 

The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees believes Acting President Dr. Lisa Freeman is the best possible choice to take on the job full-time – but they will give the public opportunities to voice their opinions on the subject.

The Board voted on Monday morning to change the parameters of their search, to make Dr. Freeman their primary choice; but Board Chairman Wheeler Coleman says they still believe in shared governance, and will have a series of forums in the next two months for all segments of NIU society – teachers, local leaders, faculty, staff, students and others.

The Board and its search committee lauded Dr. Freeman for the efforts she’s made towards transparency and fiscal responsibility, which has stood in counterpoint to the way things operated under ousted NIU President Doug Baker.

But the trustees say they are committed to making sure that transparency remains; even though they are putting forth one single candidate, they want to ensure everyone has their say – and note that few have complained about the way Dr. Freeman has operated since taking over.

Ken Misch

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