Northern Kentucky University names Dr. Ashish Vaidya of St. Cloud State University as sixth president

Northern Kentucky University announces Dr. Ashish Vaidya (ahh-SHEESH vi-DEE-ah) as the university’s sixth president. NKU’s Board of Regents unanimously elected Vaidya as president. He is expected to assume the role on July 1, 2018. Dr. Vaidya is currently serving as interim president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. The presidential search committee, compiled of NKU Board of Regents...

Northern Kentucky University chief Mearns named new president of Ball State University

Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana has announced that Northern Kentucky University’s Geoffrey Mearns will become its new president. Former Ball State University President Paul Ferguson resigned in January 2016 after 17 months leading the 21,000-student school. The trustees faced criticism for a lack of transparency following his departure. Mearns has been president of Northern Kentucky...

Campus climate survey at NKU shows faculty, staff believe administration has nurtured ‘culture of fear’

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward A new Northern Kentucky University Campus Climate Study indicates faculty and staff are concerned about the direction of the university and believe the administration has nurtured a “culture of fear.” The study included 2,242 respondents, which was made up of 1,295 students (9 percent), 380 faculty (37 percent) and 484 staff members (47 percent). The...

Anonymous gift lets NKU join corporations, UC and invest in venture capital fund of funds

Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns announced today that the university and the NKU Foundation have received an anonymous $1 million contribution to invest in Cintrifuse, a fund for corporations and venture capitalists.   The investment will be added to the Cintrifuse Fund of Funds, which invests in regional and national early-stage venture capital funds. Cintrifuse provides...

Bengals Coach Lewis, other celebrities offer parenting advice for Family Nurturing Center

(Photo from Family Nurturing Center)   Cincinnati Bengals’ Coach Marvin Lewis wants you to choose “your words wisely.” Especially when talking to your kids. That way “you’ll be proud to hear ’em say it” if they repeat what you’ve said.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Lesley”] Lewis gives that advice in a 17-second video about parenting for...

Former U.S. attorney, now NKU president, to reflect on prosecuting Oklahoma City bomber

It’s been almost 19 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history rocked Oklahoma City, but Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns remembers it well. As an assistant U.S. attorney, Mearns was on the team that prosecuted Timothy McVeigh’s accomplice, Terry Nichols.   Mearns will share his reflections as part of NKU’s Six@Six...

Presidents of state’s public universities sign letters urging leaders to address immigration

The leaders of Kentucky’s public universities co-signed a letter that was sent to Kentucky’s senators today asking them to address current United States immigration policy to “retain and benefit from many of the top minds educated at [American] universities.”   The presidents also joined nearly 100 other higher education leaders across the country who addressed a letter to President Obama...

Shop & Share Day brings in about $533,000 in supplies for domestic violence shelters

Surrounded by donated items stacked in the Capitol Rotunda, First Lady Jane Beshear announced the successful outcome of Shop & Share Day, a one-day drive to provide domestic violence shelters with needed goods.   The combined goods and monetary donations were estimated at more than $533,000, Beshear said.   First Lady Jane Beshear (Photo from ky.gov) “Despite inclement weather, Kentuckians...

2012 Review: Our Education stories highlight
growth, successes of Kentucky schools

Education is the key to Kentucky’s future, and 2012 was full of innovation and growth for schools across the state. From placing iPads in the hands of each student at one school, to building a sustainable food-production lab in another, our schools provided story after story demonstrating the successes of our students and teachers. We saw Bluegrass Tomorrow sign a charter agreement bringing together...

2012 Review: People are the heart and soul
of a community; celebrating with stories

Reflecting the traditions, culture and flavor of a place means telling the stories of people in all walks of life — real people who are Our Neighbors, run Our Businesses, reflect our values, engage in the community, provide services and leadership, do good works — and make things work. KyForward has told many of these stories throughout 2012, so many it was difficult to choose just one.   Look...