For immediate release…
Monday – Sept. 30, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Andrá R. (Khafre) Ward was appointed to the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents by Gov. Steve Beshear over the summer and was sworn in as the university’s newest regent on Aug. 16 along with returning student regent Erik Pederson.

Ward has served as president and CEO of The Khafre Ward Corporation since 1992. Khafre Ward specializes in human resource development, including improving organizational effectiveness, maximizing individual leadership competencies, enhancing productivity through cultural agility, leveraging thinking and effective communication styles, and framing diversity/inclusion awareness and skills to enhance business results through personal and corporate accountability.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Ward to the NKU Board,” said President Geoffrey Mearns. “His years of experience working with organizations large and small will give him insight into how we can best serve our students and prepare them for success at the university and beyond.”

Ward said it is an exciting time to be joining the NKU board. “To me, NKU is tremendously well positioned to impact the changing landscape of higher education,” he said. “The mission, vision and values of Northern are both traditional and cutting edge for preparing today’s students for practical leadership contributions for a global workforce.”

A seasoned master facilitator and skilled consultant, Ward has facilitated sessions for employees in organizations ranging from financial and educational institutions to healthcare and manufacturing corporations. Most recently, he co-designed and led a series of culturally specific workforce talent development and leadership interventions in China and Venezuela. In addition to his experience in Asia and Latin America, Ward has conducted professional development seminars and delivered team-building sessions for clients across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America and in Africa.

“I see my responsibilities as giving voice to President Mearns and the university’s leadership in protecting NKU’s place as a competitive first choice among those pursuing undergraduate and advanced degrees while seeking and bringing the best ideas to the table which expand Northern’s reach as a nationally recognized collaborative partner with regional, national and global resources,” he said. “Finally, my role as regent is to be the best steward of NKU’s human and intellectual capital, fiscal resources and expanded footprint.”

Ward has also served as associate publisher for Who’s Who Publishing Company; assistant vice president for Global Lead, LLC (Global Novations); and marketing manager for Massey Young Communications, Inc. He has served as an adjunct instructor in the Miami University College of Education, Health & Society. From 1986-89, he was executive director of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Black Achievers Program. He is a Life Member of The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and established the NKU chapter. Ward has been honored by Cincinnati’s Forty Under Forty, ordained clergy at AME Zion Church and is an emeritus member of the NKU Foundation Board of Directors.

Ward earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications from NKU in 1986, pursued graduate studies toward a Master of Arts in Humanities and Leadership at Xavier University and holds an Executive Coaching Certification from The Weatherhead School – Case Western Reserve University, where he is also a member of the professional executive coaching resource pool.

“I am more than honored that Gov. Beshear saw me as someone who could be trusted and entrusted with the leadership of the university at this level,” Ward said. “I don’t take this position as regent nor his appointment lightly. As an alumnus, it is one of the highest honors and more coveted visible leadership roles you can aspire to achieve. There’s no doubt, I have very deep and abiding passion for NKU. I want to ensure that I can provide the kind of leadership on the Board of Regents that keeps this institution on its current path toward accelerated growth in the pursuit of excellence.”

Ward replaced Martin C. Butler on the NKU Board of Regents, whose term had expired. Ward will serve until 2019.

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