During Thursday morning’s Board of Trustee’s meeting, President of Northern Illinois University Doug Baker announced plans to resign at the end of the month.
The announcement comes amid allegations that Baker circumvented university hiring procedures in 2013 and 2014 based on an investigation by the Office of the Executive Inspector General. According to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, “The investigation found that starting when Baker took office in June 2013, university officials, under orders from Baker, improperly classified multiple high-paying consulting positions as affiliate employees to skirt state rules requiring competitive bidding.”
Thursday morning, Baker said he objects to the assumption that he intended to circumvent any NIU guidelines or state regulations, but added that he’s stepping down to end any distractions as the university faces a difficult financial landscape while Illinois remains without a budget.
“The university community has continued to be distracted by the allegations in this report. Given the challenges we face and the hard work ahead, I simply couldn’t stand by and let this situation fester.”
Baker will leave the university on June 30.