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NKU College of Business Names Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer Interim Dean

Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer was named interim dean of the Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University.

The former president and CEO of Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati will assume the role on Jan. 14.

She stepped down from her role at REDI in September. 

While there, REDI grew to become a nationally-recognized economic development organization, a news release said, and played a major role in landing Southwest Airlines at CVG Airport.

The organizations claims responsibility for landing more than 25,000 jobs and $1 billion in capital investment in the Cincinnati region since 2014.

“Johnna’s experience in economic development and regional collaboration to attract and retain companies aligns well with NKU’s mission of leveraging partnerships to connect the talents within the College of Business with the needs of the region,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “We are thrilled to have Johnna lead the Haile/US Bank College of Business during this time of transition.”     

While the university continues the search for the next dean, Provost Sue Ott Rowlands said that it is essential to have a strong leader continue the momentum.

The college’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was recently named one of the best in the world for student-led startups. The Center for Economic Education is working with schools to develop programs to meet Kentucky’s new financial literacy requirements for graduation. This fall, the Center for Economic Analysis and Development brought business leaders together for an industry exchange discussion.    

“Haile/US Bank College of Business has a lot of great things happening, from its student-focused centers to its growing online programs. The college is evolving to meet students where they are and give them real-world experience before graduating,” said Reeder Kleymeyer. “This is the type of opportunity I hoped for when I stepped down from REDI a few months ago, and I’m looking forward to partnering with faculty and the business community to prepare students and connect them with job opportunities. I am passionate about retaining talent in our region.”

Prior to leading REDI, Reeder Kleymeyer was vice president of Community Relations and Economic Development for Duke Energy, Ohio and Kentucky. She has also led community relations, government affairs and foundation giving for Citigroup Inc. and was named one of North America's Top 50 economic developers by Consultant Connect in 2016.

Reeder Kleymeyer has served on numerous boards in the region and across the state including the Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Regents, Covington Partners in Prevention, the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED), the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, the Greater Cincinnati Foreign Trade Zone and the Cincinnati Museum Center.

She has received numerous accolades and awards through the years including being named a Top 20 Woman to Watch by The Lane Report and to Cincinnati Magazine’s Power 100 for the past three years.

She graduated magna cum laude from Thomas More College with a master’s degree in business administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis.

-Staff report

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