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Foundation board members L-R: Mary Zalla, Martin Butler, Kevin Gessner, Jason Jackman, Barry Kienzle and Kara Williams.

November 12, 2018– The Northern Kentucky University Foundation announces new officers and members to its Board of Directors. The elections took place at the Foundation’s Semi-Annual Board Meeting on November 8.

The new officers are President Jason O. Jackman of Johnson Investment Counsel; Vice President Martin C. Butler, ’77, of Strauss Troy; Treasurer Kevin E. Gessner, ’97 and ’00, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; Secretary Kara S. Williams, ’01, of The Marketing Collective; and Member At-Large Mary E. Zalla, ’87, of Landor. Two new board members, Thomas Wiedemann, Jr., ’90, of AAA Club Alliance and Chad Scott, ‘97, of ePremium Insurance, were also elected to the foundation board.

“I’m excited about the direction that President Vaidya is developing that continues to place NKU’s students as our top priority and I look forward to the opportunity that the Foundation can play to advance the university and our region,” said Jackman.

Immediate Past President Barry Kienzle, ’73, has just completed his third term, leading the foundation since November 2016.

“It has been my privilege to serve the university as president of the Foundation and help so many students achieve their dreams of higher education. I’m happy to pass the Foundation leadership to Jason, knowing it’s in good hands,” said Kienzle.

While state appropriations help fund NKU's basic operating budget, the Foundation provides other sources of revenue necessary for continued advancement. 

Gifts from generous donors have funded student scholarships, campus expansion and renovations, athletics, the arts, technology upgrades, community outreach programs, faculty residencies, honors learning, and more. For more information on the NKU Foundation, click here.

About NKU Foundation: Established in 1970, the NKU Foundation was created to manage privately donated gifts for Northern Kentucky University. The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization governed by an elected Board of Directors. Its total net assets are $110.2 million and has $106.2 million in endowment funds. Since its inception, the Foundation has helped transform NKU from undeveloped farmland into a thriving, metropolitan university that has spent the last 50 years dedicated to living our mission of engaging, empowering and elevating the people and region we serve.

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