COEHS' Dr. Lewatis D. McNeal Joins Kentucky Humanities Board of Directors

Dr. Lewatis McNeal

Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Lewatis D. McNeal has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Humanities board of directors.

During his term on the 23-person volunteer board, Dr. McNeal will help set council policies, award project grants to community organizations and participate in fundraising to help the council meet the growing demand for its programs. Based in Lexington, Kentucky Humanities and its community partners across the Commonwealth invest more than $1 million annually in support of public humanities programs throughout Kentucky.

Dr. McNeal is the Assistant Dean of Administration, Inclusive Excellence and Special Projects and clinical associate professor of Public Health in the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS). He joined the NKU faculty in 2017, after working for five years as the associate dean of Student Affairs at Owensboro Community and Technical College. McNeal also held positions at Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky/Trover Health System and Mississippi State University.

Dr. McNeal earned a bachelor of science degree in nutrition/dietetics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2002, a master of public health from Western Kentucky University in 2005 and a Ph.D. in public health sciences from the University of Louisville in 2016.

Active in his local and collegiate communities, Dr. McNeal has held leadership positions with the H.L. Neblett Community Center; the Daviess County Public Library; the Race, Community and Child Welfare Advisory Board; Daviess County Rotary; Kentucky Youth Advocates; Nursing Admissions Committee; the Campus Inclusion Team; the Owensboro Area World Affairs Council; among many other organizations.

Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner with the state’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For information about Kentucky Humanities’ programs and services, visit

About NKU:  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, visit