The NIU Faculty Senate is examining actions taken by NIU President Doug Baker. A vote of no confidence in his leadership appears possible.
Michael J. Haji-Sheikh of NIU’s Department of Electrical Engineering has collected emails regarding the hiring of contractors and affiliate employees of NIU from the beginning of Baker’s tenure. He compiled the most pertinent into a summary of events, and presented it to the Senate this week. Find the summary and supporting documentation here. Among the issues that Haji-Sheikh says are being investigated, or that should be investigated, are the following:
The Faculty Senate also sent Baker a list of nine questions regarding a December article in which Baker referenced a report and admitted to “limited compliance violations” related to state employment rules. A copy of Baker’s response is here.
Freedom of Information Act requests have been submitted to NIU for the specific report that Baker was referring to in the article, but the requests have been denied, presumably due to confidentiality requirements surrounding an active investigation. Baker is under investigation by the Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General.