Northern Kentucky University (NKU) invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest in its search for a president with an ability to collaboratively envision the future of student success, a people-first philosophy, and the skills to build partnerships that advance the goals of the Northern Kentucky region.

The most recently established of Kentucky's eight public universities, NKU has transformed into a regional university of almost 16,000 students with just less than 2,000 faculty and staff. The university is deeply committed to advancing student outcomes for individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds, including first-generation students (40%); adult learners (40%); Pell-eligible students (22%); and underrepresented minorities (22%). Approximately 85% of its population are commuter students who are embedded in a vibrant region that spans the urban core of a major city to the rural Kentucky countryside. NKU's focus on student success has led to significant increases in retention (first-to-second year retention was 77.5% in 2023) and graduation rates (six-year graduation rates hit an all-time high of 51.7% for the most recent cohort). The university has also strategically grown graduate and online enrollment in recent years. Conversely, the university has also faced challenges - the COVID-19 pandemic, a decline in undergraduate enrollment, and budget reductions. The next president will play a key role in supporting the wellbeing and success of faculty, staff, students, and the institution in the years to come.

NKU's president is among the most consequential leaders within the region, given the key role NKU plays in connecting P-12 schools, other higher education institutions (including Gateway Community and Technical College), economic and workforce development efforts, and quality of life initiatives. The Northern Kentucky region is comprised of both local communities with a small-town feel and a thriving metropolitan area in Greater Cincinnati, which is also among the nation's leading business centers as headquarters to 10 Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 100 companies. The university has played a key role in the continued growth of the region, which is the second largest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and approximately 80% of NKU's students remain and invest in the region after graduation. The university is integrated in the cultural and social life of Northern Kentucky through programs in the arts and Division I athletics.

A detailed leadership profile is available at this link .

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Northern Kentucky University in this search. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to submit materials at their earliest opportunity. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal .

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Ryan Crawford, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Julia Bradley at

Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Employer. It is the policy of NKU to provide affirmative action in all university programs, activities, facilities, and employment practices, ensuring equitable access and nondiscrimination to all persons without regard for race, color, disability, religion, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital or pregnancy status, any protected veteran status or military service, or genetic information. This policy applies to all terms of and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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