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Harold Kafer
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News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

August 11, 2008

Changing of the guard

NIU provost announces administrative appointments

DeKalb, Ill. Provost Raymond Alden has tapped five veteran university faculty members to fill top-level administrative posts at Northern Illinois University.

Im very happy with the people who have agreed to accept these appointments, Alden said. When a good person leaves a position, its always a challenge to find a comparable replacement, and I think weve found very good people to serve in these various roles. They have a lot of experience at NIU and not only possess corporate memory but also hold the respect of faculty, staff and the campus community as well.

The new appointments, which have already taken effect, are as follows.

  • Harold Kafer has been named deputy provost. The former dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts replaces Frederick Schwantes, who is focusing on academic space-related issues as they relate to the loss of Cole Hall. Kafer's responsibilities include assisting the provost on strategic planning and implementation efforts; coordinating the search for a new College of Law dean; overseeing recovery-effort grants related to the Feb. 14th tragedy; and representing the provost on a number of committees.
  • Richard Holly has been appointed acting dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, replacing Kafer. An NIU professor of percussion since 1983, Holly served as associate dean of the college since 2001. A national search will begin this fall for a permanent replacement for Kafer.
  • Joe Grush has been named vice provost for resource planning. Grush had served as acting vice provost for the past year and was selected in an internal search to permanently fill the position. He previously served as acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Grush will have oversight of budgetary and personnel issues in the provost's office, and also will work with Schwantes on space issues. Hes currently working on a university salary-equity study.
  • James Erman is the new interim vice president for research and graduate studies. The post previously was held by Rathindra Bose, who moved on to Ohio University. Erman, a distinguished research professor, has maintained an active research program following his retirement in 2006. He boasts 38 years of service to the university, including eight years as chemistry chair. He represents the university as the chief research officer on campus, a cabinet member and advocate for research and studies.
  • Bradley Bond is the new acting dean of the Graduate School. As such, he will work with various colleges to maintain the high quality, professional image of NIU graduate programs. He'll also coordinate recruitment of students and oversee graduate status for faculty. Bond's appointment also fills a void left by the departure of Bose, who had dual responsibilities as Graduate School dean and vice president for research. Provost Alden said a national search will be held to find a permanent replacement for Bose. More study is needed to determine whether the post will be permanently split into two positions.

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