THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 14, 2013
DEKALB, Illinois — Northern Illinois University has started a national search for a new athletic director.
East Carolina University said in March that it hired Jeff Compher from NIU to be its athletic director. Compher spent five years at Northern Illinois. The DeKalb school said Tuesday that it will use a search firm and hopes to attract “high-caliber” candidates from across the country to replace Compher.
Doug Baker will become NIU’s president in July. He will oversee the search process and choose the next athletic director.
NIU’s football team earned a Bowl Championship Series spot last season, appearing in the Orange Bowl against Florida State. The school also is building an 87,000-square-foot indoor practice facility.