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NKU Provost Matt Cecil

March 8, 2022 - Northern Kentucky University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Matt Cecil, has been selected to participate in the Student Success Institute for Provosts, a year-long leadership program tailored to the needs of experienced provosts. 

Dr. Cecil is among only 22 provosts and chief academic officers from across the United States selected to the program. The Student Success Institute for Provosts began in September 2020. 

"I'm excited for the opportunity to network and share ideas with provosts from around the country who are working on these same student success issues,” Dr. Cecil said. “The challenges we all face are similar and really the solutions boil down to the same thing. We must know our students better to be able to support their success with the right kinds of programs and interventions."

As a participant in the Student Success Institute, Dr. Cecil will receive the latest expertise and information in areas of student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. 

The seven-month, hybrid program will allow Dr. Cecil to network with fellow industry peers and leaders in the field of student success. He will also learn from the best experts and will learn critical practices that can affect change on the NKU campus. 

Dr. Cecil came to Northern Kentucky University as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2021. He previously served as provost at Minnesota State – Mankato. Since arriving at NKU, Dr. Cecil has aided the university in adapting to change amid the COVID-19 pandemic, leading the COVID-19 preparedness team and giving weekly COVID-19 updates to the campus community. 

“We are delighted to welcome the second cohort of provosts to this highly engaging program,” Terry Brown, AASCU’s vice president of academic innovation and transformation, said.  “The institute offers not only access to the most promising practices and approaches to student success but also a strong, supportive community of peers who are on a leadership journey together.” 

To learn more about the Student Success Institute for Provosts, click HERE.

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