The editorial board of the Northern Star object to departed university president Doug Baker's severance packet.
Baker is not the first Illinois university president to be given a severance package after terminating their employment before the completion of their contract. An outgoing Chicago State University president was given a severance package of $600K after serving only nine months, according to a Sept. 19, 2016, Illinois Policy article.

Similar to Baker, this president did not fulfill his contract and did not serve the best interest of the students, yet he was rewarded for his failure to do the job he was hired to do.
That's got to hurt, comparing Northern Illinois with Chicago State.
The Northern Star Editorial Board recommends the Board reevaluate its decision making over the past few years and hopefully gain a better perspective as to how crucial the quality of financial responsibility in a president is as they begin the process of replacing Baker. NIU and its students cannot survive another presidency similar to the one we have endured these past four years.
We might start by contemplating achieving a state of good repair in the academic enterprise, without any new administrative initiatives, taglines, strategic plans, and all the other distractions that keep the faculty from their scholarship.

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