Re:New DeKalb’s executive director resigns to take full-time position at NIU

By Jason Pfrommer

DeKALB | Jennifer Groce, Re:New DeKalb executive director, is leaving her role to pursue a full-time position at NIU.

“It was the most difficult decision of my career,” Groce said. “The project is very important to me.”

Groce said she had been working part time at NIU’s department of governmental studies for the past two years and was excited to turn that into a full-time position. Her main focus will be in regional community and economic development.

“I’m excited to expand my horizons and work with a great team at NIU,” she said.

According to Re:New DeKalb’s website, the project’s initial goal was to improve areas between First Street and Eleventh Street along E. Lincoln Highway.

Because Re:New DeKalb was nearing the completion of public renewal, Groce said it was a good time to celebrate the work that had been accomplished within the past eight years.

“Her work was exemplary, and she made a good foundation for us to work with,” said Re:New DeKalb President Frank Roberts. “She will be missed.”

Roberts said there was no word yet on who would be taking over Groce’s position, but that the job would be posted on various websites by June 30.