Williams had just returned to work after an administrative leave lasting over two months; he was put on leave shortly after the FBI executed a search warrant at NIU Police headquarters. The warrant sought info on communications between him and former police chief Donald Grady, concerning the Eden’s Garden housing development Williams owns.
Williams had been put on leave March 8 to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest; he officially returned to work on Friday, and had originally planned on retiring at the end of June.
Outgoing NIU President John Peters complimented Williams on the work he had done in his decades of working with the university; the official statement recapped the many notable achievements of his career at Northern…without making mention of the controversy.
Williams’ last official day on the job will be May 31.