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Today is retirement day for Bill Nicklas, as he leaves his post as a Vice President at Northern Illinois University; and his departure has triggered a series of moves for the university, as his job responsibilities are redistributed.

NIU President Doug Baker announced in his weekly report to the university that a number of people will be taking on the tasks which Nicklas had been fulfilling, as VP of Operations and Community Relations.  He’s served in that post for three years, helping guide NIU through more than one scandal and easing the transition between Presidents John Peters and Baker.

Facilities Management will be handled by John Cheney, who is currently an associate athletic director for Facilities and Game Operations, while all the departments under Human Resources will report directly to Provost Lisa Freeman.

Police Chief Tom Phillips had been directly under Nicklas, with a “dotted reporting line” to Baker’s office; eventually, he’ll be under the V-P for Administration and Finance…but for now, he’ll work directly for Baker.

Jennifer Groce will head up a new Office of Community Affairs, and Michael Mann will serve as liason to the Board of Trustees.


Ken Misch


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