NKU Announces Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer as Interim Dean of Haile/US Bank College of Business

Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer

December 18, 2018– Northern Kentucky University welcomes Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer as interim dean of the Haile/US Bank College of Business. She assumes the role on Jan. 14, 2019.

Reeder Kleymeyer joins NKU after serving as president and CEO of REDI Cincinnati. She was the founding CEO of REDI, which stands for Regional Economic Development Initiative, in 2014 and recently stepped down this September. Under her leadership, REDI has grown to become a nationally recognized economic development organization. It played a major role in bringing Southwest Airlines to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. REDI is responsible for landing over 25,000 new jobs and $1 billion in new capital investment in the 15-country, tri-state region since 2014.

“Johnna’s experience in economic development and regional collaboration to attract and retain companies aligns well with NKU’s mission of leveraging partnerships to connect the talents within the College of Business with the needs of the region,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “We are thrilled to have Johnna lead the Haile/US Bank College of Business during this time of transition.”     

While the university continues the search for the next dean, Provost Sue Ott Rowlands says it is essential to have a strong leader continue the momentum. The college’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was recently named one of the best in the world for student-led startups. The Center for Economic Education is working with schools to develop programs to meet Kentucky’s new financial literacy requirements for graduation. This fall, the Center for Economic Analysis and Development brought business leaders together for an industry exchange discussion.   

“Haile/US Bank College of Business has a lot of great things happening, from its student-focused centers to its growing online programs. The college is evolving to meet students where they are and give them real-world experience before graduating,” said Reeder Kleymeyer. “This is the type of opportunity I hoped for when I stepped down from REDI a few months ago, and I’m looking forward to partnering with faculty and the business community to prepare students and connect them with job opportunities. I am passionate about retaining talent in our region.”

Prior to leading REDI, Reeder Kleymeyer was vice president of Community Relations and Economic Development for Duke Energy, Ohio and Kentucky. She has also led community relations, government affairs and foundation giving for Citigroup Inc. and was named one of North America's Top 50 economic developers by Consultant Connect in 2016.

Reeder Kleymeyer has served on numerous boards in the region and across the state including the Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Regents, Covington Partners in Prevention, the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED), the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, the Greater Cincinnati Foreign Trade Zone and the Cincinnati Museum Center. She has received numerous accolades and awards through the years including being named a Top 20 Woman to Watch by The Lane Report and to Cincinnati Magazine’s Power 100 for the past three years. She graduated magna cum laude from Thomas More College with a master’s degree in business administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis.

About the Haile/US Bank College of Business: With more than 2,000 students, the Haile/US Bank College of Business’ goal is to educate and connect with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati business community by delivering globally relevant, innovative and sustainable programs and practices. The college offers 12 undergraduate degrees and three masters level programs. For more information, visit its website

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit nku.edu/50.

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