Faculty Senate appoints new president


Alyssa Queen

Altgeld Hall sitting underneath semi-cloudy weather. The Faculty Senate appointed Ben Creed as its new president, effective July 1. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter

DeKALB – A new president of the Faculty Senate was appointed in Wednesday’s final Faculty Senate meeting of the year.

Ben Creed, an assistant professor in educational administration, has been welcomed as the next Faculty Senate President. Creed will begin the position July 1 and is expected to hold the position for the next three years, according to the faculty senate bylaws.

During the meeting, it was announced that several deans will be leaving NIU after the spring semester is completed.

Beverly Henry, interim dean and director of Health and Human Sciences, and Donald Peterson, dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, have completed their terms as deans of NIU. Balaji Rajagopalan, dean of the College of Business, has also announced his departure after holding his position for seven years.

In addition to the position updates, NIU’s Huskie Closet is looking for support from the academic departments to issue more involvement in the organization.

Alicia Schatteman, associate professor and director for the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, said during her report on the Huskie Closet that the organization is looking for donations to help support students in need. The closet is currently offering and accepting adult clothing but is looking to expand into children’s apparel as the organization grows.

The Huskie Closet is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.