Motion aims to block 'golden parachute' to former NIU president
A DeKalb County Board member has filed a motion in an attempt to stop Northern Illinois University's (NIU) generous payout to former president Douglas Baker, according to the Edgar County Watchdogs.
Misty Haji-Sheikh's motion for summary judgment asks the circuit court to find the board in violation of the Open Meetings Act (OMA), declare null and void the payout to Baker and enjoin the board from future OMA violations.
Baker was investigated by the Governor’s Office of Executive Inspector General, which reported on its finding in May.
“The OEIG Report found that Dr. Baker and three of his administrators routinely skirted ethic requirements to hire consultants in 2013 and 2014, employed them under the wrong classification, then kept them on staff for too long and paid them well in excess of allowable limits,” Haji-Sheikh's motion says.
In a closed meeting on June 15, the board agreed to pay Baker a severance of $450,000.