St. Elizabeth Healthcare Executive Director for the Institute for Health Innovation and Vice President for Health Innovation Search

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Executive Director for the Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) and Vice President for Health Innovation (ED/VP). The ED/VP will advocate on behalf of the region, serve as a thought-leader around health policy, lay the groundwork for an aggressive externally funded research program, promote the transdisciplinary work of health innovation across the institution, and attract talent to NKU for applied research and development.

The dual title reflects the university’s commitment to both internal and external stakeholders and underscores that health innovation is central to the mission – and future – of NKU. The goal is to make the University one of the leading academic centers in the region focused on improving health outcomes, making healthcare more affordable, and promoting economic growth. The IHI will serve as a model for other universities and communities and establish NKU as a national resource in solving population health challenges where NKU faculty are already invested and making progress.

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Craig Osterhues is a Cincinnati, Ohio native. He attended Miami University in Ohio and graduated with a B.S. degree in finance in 1988. He then received his master in education degree in population health from the University of Cincinnati in 1991. While working for Dow Chemical’s health promotion program, he received his second master’s degree in health service administration from the University of Michigan in 1998. Craig joined Towers Watson in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1998 to work with their employer clients as a Health & Welfare consultant specializing in health and productivity strategies. In 2001, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to manage the Kroger Company’s health care benefits and negotiate union contracts. Osterhues joined GE Aviation in 2005 as health care manager. In 2010, Aviation loaned Craig to be the executive on loan for healthymagination’s health care transformation pilot project in Cincinnati. In 2013, he was chosen to lead Aviation’s Global Health Services function, comprising of clinical programs, the HealthAhead wellness initiative, as well as US health care.

Craig Osterhues will be on campus Tuesday, February 6th. The Faculty & Staff Forum will be held in Budig Theatre from 2:00 – 3:15 PM.





Valerie Hardcastle is an internationally recognized scholar and is the author of five books and over 150 essays. She studies the nature and structure of interdisciplinary theories in the cognitive sciences and has focused primarily on developing a philosophical framework for understanding conscious phenomena responsive to neuroscientific, psychiatric, and psychological data.  Currently, she is investigating the neuroscience of violence and its implications for both our understanding of human nature and the criminal justice system.  She is also trying to figure out whether notions of embodied cognition help or hinder theorizing about consciousness. Most recently, Valerie has received research fellowships from the Medical Humanities Program at the University of Texas-Medical Branch, the Center for Mind, Brain, and Cognitive Evolution at Ruhr-University Bochum, and the Institute for Philosophy/School of Advanced Study at the University of London.  She received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in philosophy and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Houston, and an interdisciplinary PhD in cognitive science and philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. 

Valerie Hardcastle will be on campus Thursday, February 8th. The Faculty & Staff Forum will be held in Budig Theatre from 2:00 – 3:15 PM.




Andrea Pfeifle is the Executive Director of the Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center and Associate Dean for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice. She is also Associate Professor of Family Medicine for the Indiana University School of Medicine. Andrea is a native Kentuckian, having lived, been educated, and practiced in urban and rural parts of the Commonwealth for most of her life. She has a great deal of leadership experience and demonstrated success working within and across sectors and with multiple stakeholders to build new programs by advancing campus and community partnerships, securing resources, igniting innovation, promoting current and future workforce development to align with emerging needs, and supporting health policy to address emergent individual and population health challenges. In the private sector, she was the owner and president of Physical Therapy Services for 20 years in Lexington, Kentucky. Andrea received all of her degrees from the University of Kentucky, including an Ed.D. in Instruction and Administration, an M.S. Ed. in Instructional Systems Design, and a B.H.S. in Physical Therapy.

Andrea Pfeifle will be on campus Tuesday, February 13th. The Faculty & Staff Forum will be held in Budig Theatre from 10:30 – 11:45 AM.