John Cheney, who heads Northern Illinois University's facility management and event operations unit as the Huskies' Senior Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Event Operations, came to NIU Jan. 6, 2014.
Cheney arrived at NIU from Oregon State University, where he spent 12 years in OSU's event management office. After earning his master's degree at Oregon State in 2001, he was hired on as an event manager. From there, Cheney was promoted to interim Director of Operations in 2002 and then named the permanent director in 2003. He was elevated to Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations in 2005 before moving up once more to his most recent position of Associate Athletic Director - Facilities and Operations in 2010.
During his time at OSU, Cheney oversaw multiple NCAA Regional and Super Regional Baseball Championships, NCAA Regional and Super Regional Softball Championships, NCAA West Regional Gymnastics Championships and the 2006 NCAA Gymnastics National Championships. In addition, he played a major role in expansions to Reser Stadium in 2005 and 2007, while being involved in over $175 million in capital improvements during his tenure.
At NIU, Cheney will be a part of the senior staff responsible for maintaining and improving the Huskies' athletic facilities. Additionally, he will coordinate all capital improvement projects and building renovations, along with leading the athletic facilities and operations staff.
Cheney was a student athletic trainer at Creighton University (1993-97) and a post-graduate intern athletic trainer in 1998. He earned a bachelor's degree from Creighton in 1997 before heading to OSU, where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.
He is married to the former Anne Brooksby, who was a three-year letterwinner on the Oregon State women's golf team. They have three daughters, Cailey (7), Allie (3) and Maggie (1), and a son Gavin (5).