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A view of NIU’s Davis Hall from the university’s quad on an overcast day.

NIU seeks $760 million for renovation, construction

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | December 5, 2023

DeKALB – NIU requested about $760 million from the Illinois Board of Higher Education at a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees to fund major renovations, infrastructure upgrades, and the completion of the new Health Technology Center. The IBHE...

Altgeld Hall sits under a cloudy sky. NIU has requested for $116 million in an appropriations request. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU requests $116 million from state to fund operating costs

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | November 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU requested $116.4 million in state funding at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Nov. 9.  This comes after NIU’s CFO George Middlemist announced a multi-year budget plan to reduce NIU’s $32 million deficit in early November. The...

Altgeld Hall sits under a cloudy sky. Faculty Senate met Wednesday to discuss the multi-year budget plan. (Northern Star File Photo)

CFO Middlemist: ‘The university must change in order to survive’

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | November 3, 2023

DeKALB – NIU is making plans to cut its $32 million deficit in half by the end of fiscal year 2025. At Wednesday’s Faculty Senate meeting, George Middlemist, vice president and chief financial officer, and Laurie Elish-Piper, interim executive...

George Middlemist, NIUs chief financial officer stands in front of Altgeld Hall. Middlemist spoke with the Northern Star about his career at NIU. (Courtesy of George Middlemist)

Chief financial officer by day, Broncos fan by night

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | October 24, 2023

DeKALB – George Middlemist has taken on the role of vice president of Finance and Administration and chief financial officer at NIU. Middlemist spoke to the Northern Star about his journey to becoming chief financial officer and the goals he has for...

NIU provost Beth Ingram steps down from her role while the universitys new CFO George Middlemist arrives in January

NIU gains new CFO, provost to step down

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 20, 2022

DeKALB – NIU hired George Middlemist as its new CFO, and Beth Ingram, executive vice president and provost, announced she will be resigning in June. NIU found its new chief financial officer in Middlemist, according to an NIU Today news release....