Altgeld Hall -- The Dawn of a New Century

Altgeld Hall Rededication
October 7, 2004

President’s Welcome

President John G. PetersOn behalf of all who have been privileged to serve this great institution as president, I welcome you to historic Altgeld Hall—birthplace of Northern Illinois University.

Our beginnings as a state “normal school,” or teachers college, set the stage for generations of service to a region now ranked as third largest in the country. We honor those beginnings in the pages that follow, and we celebrate a future in which lovingly restored Altgeld Hall can continue to play a role.

Those who came before me and those who will come after are linked in purpose and vision—and now, in a very real way, by the building where it all began. Altgeld Hall is not a museum, but a living, working, public space where the roots of American higher education are still very much in view. It is your building, and I hope you will visit often.

Signature of John G. Peters

John G. Peters
Eleventh President, Northern Illinois University

 

Former NIU Presidents

John Williston Cook
1899-1919

John Williston Cook
J. Stanley Brown
1919-1927
J. Stanley Brown
Joseph Clifton Brown
1927-1929
Joseph Clifton Brown
Karl L. Adams
1929-1948
Karl L. Adams
Leslie A. Holmes
1949-1967
Leslie A. Holmes

Rhoten A. Smith
1967-1971

Rhoten A. Smith
Richard J. Nelson
1971-1978
Richard J. Nelson
William R. Monat
1978-1984
William R. Monat
Clyde Wingfield
1985-1986
Clyde Wingfield
John E. La Tourette
1986-2000
John E. La Tourette