Spring Convocation set for Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m.

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Monday – Jan. 7, 2013

President Geoffrey Mearns to Deliver
Spring Convocation Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey S. Mearns will deliver a special Spring Convocation address on Friday, Jan. 11, at 9:30 a.m. in Greaves Concert Hall.

The speech marks a departure from NKU’s traditional spring address, which usually is given later in the semester and focuses primarily on budget issues. Mearns, who took office Aug. 1, 2012, will begin by discussing themes that emerged from an extensive listening tour he conducted last fall. He held 24 meetings with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders while also receiving more than 600 completed surveys. He will then review the university’s progress toward its current strategic plan and lay out the framework for a new strategic planning process which has already begun.

“I look forward to sharing with the campus and the broader community my perspective of where we are as an institution and where we are headed,” Mearns said. “After extensive discussions with our most important stakeholders, it is clear that there is a strong sense of pride in Northern Kentucky University and the important role it plays both in our region and the commonwealth. Our upcoming planning process will help us to focus our distinctive attributes on those areas where we can have the most meaningful impact on the students and citizens we serve.”

Mearns said the process will be led by a committee he will chair. The committee, which will be approved on Wednesday by the NKU Board of Regents, will be recognized at Friday’s speech. The process will include campus work groups, forums and surveys. A website is also being created to share information and solicit feedback.

He said another focal point will be implementation of the plan. “Too often in higher education we spend a lot of time planning and not enough time thinking about how we will execute once a plan is complete,” he said. “We will not allow that to happen. This will not be an exercise to be completed and placed on a shelf. We will be exploring what services we provide and how, defining our distinctiveness more clearly than ever before and developing a measurable plan that helps us to operate with more efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.”

The Jan. 11 event will also feature a musical performance from the cast of the Grease musical NKU presented last fall.

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