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Baker Announces Leadership Changes

May 5th, 2017

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NIU President Doug Baker outlined some leadership changes and transitions to the campus community on Thursday.

Pending approval from the NIU Board of Trustees, Derryl Block, who joined NIU in 2012 as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, will be re-appointed for another term.

Gerald Blazey has been named vice president of the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships.

Matt Streb, former chair and current professor in the Department of Political Science, will replace Associate Vice President Mike Mann, who is retiring this month after serving as board liaison and state legislative liaison. According to the announcement, Streb will also take on the role of chief of staff.

In his capacity with the political science department, Streb has been a semi-regular voice on WNIJ, including election night analysis.

Other changes pending approval from the Board of Trustees on May 18:

Donald Russel Peterson has accepted an offer to become dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, beginning July 1.

Frederick D. Barnhart has accepted an offer to become dean of the NIU University Libraries, beginning July 1.

Sol D. Jensen has accepted an offer to become vice president of the Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications, beginning June 19.

Baker says the university plans to post the opening for vice president of administration and finance in the coming days.

By WNIJ News