March 15, 2023 - Today, the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents approved the next steps in the selection process for its next permanent president announcing the presidential search leadership team and appointing a Presidential Search Committee (PSC).
Members of each includes faculty, staff, students, regents, and community partners.
“Each member of the presidential search leadership team brings with them a unique perspective and diverse viewpoint, which will prove valuable for NKU and its next leader. The team is honored to serve in this capacity for NKU and is looking forward to beginning the next stage of the search process – conducting listening sessions and forums in order to build out the presidential profile. The internal and external stakeholders’ commitment to providing perspectives will be vital to our process and each person’s collective passion for the continued success of NKU,” expressed Kara Williams, Secretary of the NKU Board of Regents and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
The primary charge to the leadership team is to provide the Board of Regents with information that will assist the Board in selecting the university’s next president. Specifically, the team will:
“The selection of the next president will be a critical decision for the Board of Regents, I am confident that the search leadership team will oversee a process that brings forth the strongest candidates excited to lead this university. I know that the team will do so with the highest degree of care and responsibility, consistent with shared governance, and the best traditions of this institution,” shared Rich Boehne, chair of the NKU Board of Regents.
WittKieffer, the global executive search and leadership advisory firm, will conduct the national search of interested candidates. Once the Board of Regents approved the search process today, the presidential search site was launched, which includes robust information about NKU, the region, and students, faculty and staff. As the leadership team commences, the next phase of the search process will include building the presidential profile and post the position.
To learn more about the presidential search, visit its webpage.
Marquita Barron, NKU Director of Training & Development
Dr. Janel Bloch, NKU Professor, English
Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, NKU Dean, Haile College of Business
Ashley Himes*, NKU Regent, Student Services Coordinator at Regional School Programs
Candace McGraw, Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Julia Pohl, Sports Business & Event Management Major, NKU Student
JT Roberts*, Owner of DDX Transport
Nathan Smith*, NKU Vice Chair BOR, Chief Investment Officer at Flagship Communities LC
Elizabeth Thompson, NKU Search Vice Chair and Regent, Member at Stites & Harbison LLC
Tom Wiedemann*, NKU Foundation President, President and CEO of AAA Club Alliance
Kara Williams*, NKU Search Chair and Secretary of BOR, Owner of The Marketing Collective
Brad Zapp, NKU Regent, Managing Director of Connetic Ventures
Rensha Allen*, NKU Black Alumni Council President, Allstate Agency
Brandon Billiter*, NKU Director of Student Account Services
Mike Borchers*, Local Superintendents Advisory Council, Superintendent Ludlow City Schools
Dr. David Childs, NKU Associate Professor, College of Education
Brent Cooper, President, NKY Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Charlisa Daniels, NKU Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Jacqueline Emerine, NKU Associate Professor, Communication
Dr. John Farrar, NKU Faculty Senate President, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Fernando Figueroa, President, Gateway Community & Technical College
Lauren Goodwin*, NKU Chase College of Law, Student
Staci Green*, NKU Director of IT Support Services, President of SAFE
Karen Mefford*, NKU Interim Comptroller
Darryl Peal, NKU Chief Diversity Officer
Steve Pendery, Campbell County Judge Executive
Dr. Sandra Spataro, NKU Professor of Management, College of Business
Jennifer Sheffel*, NKU Alumni Council President, President and CEO at Summit ActionCOACH
Steve Slone*, NKU Staff Congress President, Manager of Mail and Copy Services
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 nku.edu.