If a university could have a best friend, Sally Stevens would be NIU's. She has seen the university through good times and bad, spanning more than four decades. While she has seen Northern grow into a world-class academic institution, she has also witnessed challenges along the way. Through it all, Sally was there to offer encouragement, support, and her signature smile. President John Peters once said, "If you were to take a family portrait of NIU, Sally Stevens would be sitting front-row, center."
Sally began her career at NIU in 1964 when she took a secretarial position with then-President Leslie A. Holmes. Her people skills and administrative know-how carried her through the tenure of six presidents. She says she's often asked to write a book about her experiences in the president's office. She jokingly says, ""I suppose I could, but I promised a few of them I wouldn't."
While not a graduate of NIU, Sally is passionate about the university's mission and thankful for all it offers students and the community. She is extremely grateful for the many ways Northern has positively impacted her life. To show her appreciation, Sally recently established a charitable gift annuity that pays her a 7.4 percent fixed payment annually for life and provides a substantial gift to Northern. "It's a two-way street," Sally says. "I found it a great way for me to give during these challenging economic times. The gift annuity benefits me and the university at the same time."
Now retired, Sally volunteers at her church and in the community. She also edits the resident newsletter at her retirement center. She attends numerous university events, including music and theater performances, and rarely misses a home football or basketball game.
Acknowledging that her philanthropy enriches the lives of others, Sally says her ongoing involvement at NIU is that much sweeter. "Giving to my NIU family, which is so near and dear to my heart, makes me happy," she says, and the smile on her face says it all.
Northern Illinois University has designated the NIU Foundation as the charitable organization to receive and manage all gifts on its behalf.
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