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April 23, 2024 - Northern Kentucky University is celebrating the formal installation of its first permanent woman President, Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, with the launch of the women’s philanthropy empowerment initiative Women for NKU.

Women for NKU aims to encourage women to invest beyond their existing support for the university to raise at least $200,000 per year in support of Dr. Short-Thompson’s priorities. Those priorities include scholarship, supporting our faculty that are the heart of our university, paving the path to higher education for P-12 students and empowering our female student-athletes in their sport and in the classroom. The organization is a diverse network of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of NKU who engage and inform women of the people, programs and successes of the university. The initiative was created to harness the power of women and their networks to focus on meaningful involvement and bold investment in the NKU experience.

Women for NKU’s mission is to promote investments in the future of Northern Kentucky University, inspire and uplift women as philanthropists and create meaningful opportunities for women to connect with one another and with the people and programs that drive the university’s success. “This endeavor not only empowers our community’s talented women but also propels our shared priorities forward, ensuring a future where every voice is heard and every potential realized,” says Dr. Short-Thompson of the initiative.

Members of the organization will enjoy opportunities to network and socialize with one another and with President Short-Thompson, build women’s philanthropy at NKU, celebrate the impact of the fund and meet student and faculty beneficiaries, and learn about the university’s programs and outcomes.

For more information on how to get involved, visit the organization’s membership page here.

About Northern Kentucky University: NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of more than 15,000 students on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. Ranked in the top 50 out of 400 universities nationwide by The Wall Street Journal for exceptional value, we are a regionally engaged university committed to delivering an innovative, student-centered education. We empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic and social vitality of the region. For more information, visit