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Dr. Matt Cecil Named as Provost
and Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs

Dr. Matt Cecil

Dr. Matt Cecil

Feb. 3, 2021 —  Northern Kentucky University announces Dr. Matt Cecil as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Cecil will assume the position on July 1, 2021.

Dr. Cecil currently serves as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he oversees its academic colleges and institutional research, as well as its COVID-19 response. Dr. Cecil served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities before being named Minnesota State’s Interim Provost.

"We are very excited to welcome Matt to the NKU community. He has a distinguished track record of academic accomplishments and administrative effectiveness, and his strong communication and collaboration skills, and passion for student success will serve us well," said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. "We look forward to the innovative ways he will champion student success and regional engagement."

Dr. Cecil brings more than a decade of academic administration experience at Minnesota State, Wichita State University and South Dakota State University. He also taught at Purdue University and the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his 20-year academic career, he worked as a daily newspaper journalist, political press secretary and corporate media relations specialist.

"The current crisis has only further confirmed that I am most inspired by the student success, social mobility and economic vitality mission NKU upholds," said Dr. Cecil. "President Ashish Vaidya and the campus community continue to embark on an ambitious strategic framework for NKU, which values its role as an integral part of the region. I am excited to play a role in their diligent work."

NKU's strategic framework, Success by Design, outlines three pillars of student success: access, completion and career & community engagement. As NKU's Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Cecil will help advance the university's mission to deliver innovative, student-centered education across its seven colleges.

A media historian, Dr. Cecil is a leading scholar of FBI history during the J. Edgar Hoover era. He is the author of three books and more than two dozen articles on the topic. His 2014 book, “Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate,” was named national History Book of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Dr. Cecil earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts in History from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Bachelor of Science in History from South Dakota State University.

Dr. Cecil will assume the position from current Interim Provost Dr. Ande Durojaiye, who will remain in the role through June 30. NKU's Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs provides oversight for the university's academic programs and support services. To learn more about the Office of the Provost, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit