Outstanding Service Award

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Joe Baird

As director of Materials Management, Joe Baird works with a staff of six talented and dedicated managers to operate several service departments that touch the lives of faculty, staff, and students every day.

These include Campus Mailing Services, Central Receiving, Central Stores (selling food, office supplies and commodities), Delivery and Moving Services, Furniture Repair Services (upholstery, carpeting, drapery fabrication), Procurement Services (all purchasing activities for the NIU community) and the Property Control Department (tags and monitors university equipment purchases and runs a unique used office furniture resale program).

Fiscal responsibility, meticulous planning and strong managerial skills all are attributes he brings to the job, NIU Controller Keith Jackson said.

“I can honestly say that I have not met another department head who cares as much as he does for his staff and the people he serves,” Jackson said. “He places people first, empowering them to complete their assignments. His staff responds to his trust and leadership and consistently performs at an outstanding level.”

Baird, an NIU alum who first worked as a student in Lincoln Hall Food Services, began his career as a food service manager before moving to Auxiliary Services, where he was responsible for bond revenue capital budgets and administrating athletic concessions, vending and interior design contracts for the university. He also opened and managed the first university conference facility.

Throughout his 35-year career, he also has volunteered with the NIU Employees Federal Credit Union, serving several terms as board chair, treasurer and secretary.

He plans a May 30 retirement.