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Article updated: 10/11/2013 6:00 PM

NIU president shakes up administrative structure


Northern Illinois University's president says he's making broad administrative changes, including splitting the beleaguered Division of Finance and Facilities.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that President Douglas Baker announced the changes on Friday.

The finance and facilities division faced troubles last year, when Associate Vice President Robert Albanese and Convocation Center Director John Gordon resigned amid misconduct allegations.

Albanese was one of three people who later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with the "Coffee Fund," which contained money from the sale of university-owned scrap metal and other materials.

A yet-to-be-hired chief financial officer will lead the new finance division. NIU Vice President Steven Cunningham will lead the administration division.

Administration of the Convocation Center and Huskie Stadium will be moved to NIU's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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