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UPDATED: NIU executive vice president taking leave of absence

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UPDATE:
Dr. Steven Cunningham, vice president of administration and human resource services will act as Williams' replacement on a temporary basis.

"Dr. Cunningham has graciously agreed to take on additional responsibilities on a temporary basis," President Peters said.

Cunningham has been with the university since 1993.

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PREVIOUSLY:
After losing its police chief and a recent FBI search of its police department, Northern Illinois University has announced one of its top administrators is taking a leave of absence.

Eddie Williams, NIU's chief of operations and executive vice president of Finance & Facilities announced Friday he will take a leave of absence from his duties.

The full statement released by the university is as follows:

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'In light of recent events, Northern Illinois University President John G. Peters and Eddie Williams, NIU chief of operations and executive vice president of Finance & Facilities, today announced that Dr. Williams will take a leave of absence from his university duties.
"Dr. Williams has been integral to our success, and we have the highest regard for his 42-year commitment to Northern Illinois University," President Peters said.
"Dr. Williams and I have conferred and agree that because he oversees a broad range of administrative matters he will take this step until resolution of the investigation to avoid any appearance of conflict or any question concerning the university's response to this matter," Peters added.
"I appreciate the president's understanding as much as I treasure my association with NIU," Dr. Williams said. "I look forward to the complete resolution of the current investigation and returning to my post."'

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Officers with the FBI, Illinois State Police, and other agencies executed a search warrant on the NIU Police Department Wednesday. President John Peters said in a statement Friday that the search went through electronic and paper records dating back to 2005. However, it is unclear what they were looking for.

NIU also recently fired its police chief, Donald Grady, and a former officer was indicted on sexual assault charges. That case was later dismissed.

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