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NKU welcomes new development directors for College of Business, College of Health Professions


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Two experienced development officers, Tara Widener and Jerome ‘Jey’ Marks, have joined Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business and College of Health Professions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tara and Jey to our team,” said Julie Dials, Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. “Each of them brings not only a wealth of experience, but also a true passion for helping move NKU forward.”

Widener joined the University on Jan. 4 as Director of Development for the College of Health Professions, where she will help guide and implement the college’s strategic vision during a period of tremendous growth and change for the college, including the development of a new Health Innovation Center set to open in 2018.


Widener previously worked as Development Director for the Children’s Miracle Network. She has also worked for the Bethesda Foundation and Hospice of Cincinnati. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from NKU in 1993.

Marks joined NKU on Jan. 19 as Director of Development for the Haile/US Bank College of Business, where he will help guide and implement the college’s strategic vision as it works to strengthen its ties to the community and grow its international offerings.

He was previously Senior Director of Regional Advancement and Interim Director of Alumni Relations at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. He also worked at Eastern Kentucky University, where he received a B.B.A. in Business Administration in 2000.