March 20, 2019— - Northern Kentucky University celebrates the swearing-in ceremony of Dr. Ashish Vaidya as the university’s sixth president. Inauguration Week festivities kick off on March 26 and culminate with the Investiture Ceremony on March 29 at 2 p.m. in BB&T Arena.
President Vaidya began his tenure as NKU’s sixth leader on July 1, 2018. He selected a spring Investiture Ceremony to allow time to understand the campus culture and the region. Under the president’s leadership, NKU began the Success by Design process to create a strategic framework for its future. That plan, set to be unveiled to the Board of Regents in April, focuses on how the university will advance student success around the three pillars of access, completion, and career and community engagement.
“Looking back over the first 50 years, there are clear paths each president before me took to grow NKU into the powerful force it is today, and we face a promising future,” said President Vaidya. “Our course is not one I am charting alone. Since October, we have been working together to determine how NKU will empower the futures of our students and our region, and I’m grateful for the role our campus community and our external community has held in the process. The voices of so many, through the many listening sessions and engagement opportunities, helped shape our strategic framework and our future. I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead this great institution and honored to take the oath as NKU’s sixth president.”
Empowering the Future is the theme for the President’s Inauguration Week and highlights include:
The complete list of Inauguration Week events can be found on our website.
President Vaidya came to NKU from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where he served as interim president. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai, India), and a master’s and a doctorate from University of California, Davis. He is married to Nita Vaidya, a sociologist. They have two children, Jaanhvi and Avaneesh. For more on why President Vaidya selected NKU, read his NKU Magazine profile. Click here to learn more about NKU’s previous presidents.
About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a 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 nku.edu.