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style="font-size: 12px;">In the wake of a state report showing he oversaw more than $1 million in crony hires, the president of Northern Illinois University is resigning.
Doug Baker wrote to the university board that he would be resigning at the end of June. This comes after Illinois' Office of the Executive Inspector General released a report showing that Baker used an employee classification denoting part-time, off-campus teachers to skirt bidding rules and pay friends and associates pricey consultants' fees. Over two years, the contracts paid out more than $1 million.
"It's cronyism," said Faisal Khan, president and CEO of Project Six, a nonprofit fiscal watchdog. "To see a university president in that kind of conduct is frustrating and disappointing. You damage all of your credibility when you cry about not having a budget or not having enough money for your students and then take those student funds and use them to pay more than $1 million to consultants."
Baker will enter into a transition process with the school.