Student success begins long before graduation, so we continue to seek ways to work more closely with our education partners to prepare our region’s youth for college and career.

To prepare our students for an increasingly dynamic and competitive world, we must continue to set and maintain rigorous standards in all of our programs. We ensure that our graduates are empowered with broad knowledge and transferable skills that prepare them to deal with the complexities and challenges of the 21st century. We are putting our students first, leading with excellence and making a lasting impact.

We need a courageous leader who is committed to seeing our students graduate

fully prepared for a successful career and a meaningful life – a leader who encourages our alumni to say involved and engaged with their alma mater – a leader who fosters dynamic relationships with donors and engages them in impactful, collaborative partnerships that benefit our students – a leader who inspires our faculty and staff with a vision for our university’s future based on our core values – and a leader who rallies our surrounding communities in helping us contribute to the economic, civic and social vitality of the region.    

Are you that leader? Contact Isaacson, Miller today.


As a public comprehensive university located in a major metropolitan area, Northern Kentucky University delivers innovative, student-centered education and engages in impactful scholarly and creative endeavors, all of which empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic, and social vitality of the region.


NKU will be acclaimed by students, alumni, the region, and the commonwealth for:

  • Our Success... in preparing outstanding graduates for a global society
  • Our Contribution... to regional progress and economic growth
  • Our Delivery... of distinctive academic programs
  • Our Dedication... to the development and wellbeing of our people
  • Our Effectiveness... in securing and managing resources sustainably


These are the core values that NKU embraces as we go about our work.

We will promote a culture that fosters and celebrates EXCELLENCE in all that we do. We will engage in honest, fair, and ethical behavior, with INTEGRITY at the heart of every decision and action. Ours will be a community that embraces INCLUSIVENESS, diversity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work. We will approach our work – how we teach, engage, and serve – with creativity and INNOVATION. And we will maintain a climate of COLLEGIALITY built on respect and characterized by open communication and shared responsibility.


We promise to put our students first — like with Marc Banks, a 2014 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations who moved on to a job in Washington D.C. as a communications intern for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

“I liked being recognized by my teachers and them knowing my name,” Marc says. “It makes the learning environment personal. Teachers at NKU recognize when you’re not in class. This gave me a sense of accountability and encouraged me to go.”

We promise to lead with excellence — like the creation of the PulsePoint app that has saved so many lives, which was born right here in the College of Informatics.

“We just started looking into how we could get the app developed,” says Richard Price, former San Ramon, Calif., Fire Department chief. “We started talking to people, and somewhere during that time we learned of NKU’s program. It came highly recommended; this was a University that was ahead of the curve.”

We promise to make a lasting impact — like with the creation of the Health Innovation Center, a facility that will prepare new-world health care professionals, and provide solutions for the health and wellness challenges of the region.