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Pres. Baker is a disgrace
(06-02-2017 06:41 PM)DogPoundNorth Wrote:  
(06-02-2017 06:37 PM)jjj Wrote:  Chicago Sun Times Article/Opinion

http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/niu-...-overlook/

He needs to go


Agreed. If he is not let go and the board "sweeps it under the rug", what does this say to other employees who are fired for lesser infractions?
06-02-2017 06:49 PM
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
This is so sad, I do hope that President Baker moves on now and that NIU finds an inspired leader that can begin restoring our reputation. This does nothing for our image and will hurt enrollment that is already declining.
06-02-2017 09:16 PM
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
Makes President Peters look better all the time.

The Suntimes makes a valid point. I also doubt the BOT will do anything. To be sure, Baker has wasted a good amount of money. But with the state unable to find an actual budget with two hands and a flashlight, I doubt they want to spend NIU's limited resources on public legal battle with Baker or pay him to go away.

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06-03-2017 08:44 AM
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
(06-02-2017 06:41 PM)DogPoundNorth Wrote:  
(06-02-2017 06:37 PM)jjj Wrote:  Chicago Sun Times Article/Opinion

http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/niu-...-overlook/

He needs to go

While you're 100% right, the sad reality is what's going to happen will be just as disturbing. Either......
1) NIU will have to ride out the remaining year on his contract which means everyone suffers and very little gets accomplished.
2) Baker decides to fight and more university money is wasted on legal fees until a separation agreement (that has to remain confidential) is worked out, which has him exit with even more money in his pocket.
3) best case scenario, Baker fools some other school and moves on before his contract officially runs out. In that case, he packs up his belongings and the money he made off NIU and rides away still "disputing" aspects of the investigation.
Excuse my arrogant attitude, but nothing about Idaho academically or financially was on a par with Northern Illinois University, its location, positives or negatives, etc., nor was their FCS Kibbie Dome athletic program equivalent to the Huskies, the Spud should never have been hired.
Here's hoping the next selection is someone who understands this area plus the strengths and true potential of NIU.
06-04-2017 11:30 AM
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
There has to be an "NIU" guy out there somewhere.
06-04-2017 03:59 PM
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(06-04-2017 03:59 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  There has to be an "NIU" guy out there somewhere.

That guy/gal needs to grow attendance, raise admission standards, and work with DeKalb to build a community. I would like to see athletics as a cornerstone of course, but at this point, we need to get more students enrolled.
06-04-2017 09:39 PM
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
(06-02-2017 03:38 PM)DogTracks Wrote:  
(06-02-2017 01:27 PM)HuskieFootball Addict Wrote:  Oh come on - This is the way things are done all the time - especially in Illinois.

University presidents have staff manipulate hiring rules to circumvent procurement laws and give friends half a million in consulting work all the time?

Maybe the story is just an indication NIU is going to get " squeezed" out relative to other state schhols with funding.
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
(06-02-2017 06:37 PM)jjj Wrote:  Chicago Sun Times Article/Opinion

http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/niu-...-overlook/

In today's Sun-Times print edition.
06-05-2017 12:27 PM
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
(06-04-2017 11:30 AM)uiniu57 Wrote:  
(06-02-2017 06:41 PM)DogPoundNorth Wrote:  
(06-02-2017 06:37 PM)jjj Wrote:  Chicago Sun Times Article/Opinion

http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/niu-...-overlook/

He needs to go

While you're 100% right, the sad reality is what's going to happen will be just as disturbing. Either......
1) NIU will have to ride out the remaining year on his contract which means everyone suffers and very little gets accomplished.
2) Baker decides to fight and more university money is wasted on legal fees until a separation agreement (that has to remain confidential) is worked out, which has him exit with even more money in his pocket.
3) best case scenario, Baker fools some other school and moves on before his contract officially runs out. In that case, he packs up his belongings and the money he made off NIU and rides away still "disputing" aspects of the investigation.
Excuse my arrogant attitude, but nothing about Idaho academically or financially was on a par with Northern Illinois University, its location, positives or negatives, etc., nor was their FCS Kibbie Dome athletic program equivalent to the Huskies, the Spud should never have been hired.
Here's hoping the next selection is someone who understands this area plus the strengths and true potential of NIU.
HAve to agree.
As for legal fees-- I donate my services. Let's see his contract. I can't imagine it says we will pay you, even if you break all rules. If it does, someone else should be fired.
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RE: Pres. Baker is a disgrace
A letter to the editor in today's Sun-Times:

NIU President Acted for the Greater Good

It's amazing how some people defend breaking the law and circumventing policies and rules.
06-06-2017 01:25 PM
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