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NKU Foundation Announces New Officers, Members for Board

The Northern Kentucky University Foundation announced its new officers and members for its board of directors. The elections took place at the Foundation’s Semi-Annual Board Meeting on November 8.

The new officers are President Jason O. Jackman of Johnson Investment Counsel, Vice President Martin C. Butler, ’77, of Strauss Troy, Treasurer Kevin E. Gessner, ’97 and ’00, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Secretary Kara S. Williams, ’01, of The Marketing Collective, and Member At-Large Mary E. Zalla, ’87, of Landor. Two new board members,Thomas Wiedemann, Jr., ’90, of AAA Club Alliance and Chad Scott, ‘97, of ePremium Insurance, were also elected to the foundation board.

“I’m excited about the direction that President Vaidya is developing that continues to place NKU’s students as our top priority and I look forward to the opportunity that the Foundation can play to advance the university and our region,” said Jackman.

Immediate Past President Barry Kienzle, ’73, has just completed his third term, leading the foundation since November 2016.

“It has been my privilege to serve the university as president of the Foundation and help so many students achieve their dreams of higher education. I’m happy to pass the Foundation leadership to Jason, knowing it’s in good hands,” said Kienzle.

While state appropriations help fund NKU's basic operating budget, the foundation provides other sources of revenue necessary for continued advancement. 

Gifts from generous donors have funded student scholarships, campus expansion and renovations, athletics, the arts, technology upgrades, community outreach programs, faculty residencies, honors learning, and more.

-Staff report

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