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Mearns to Be Installed as NKU President Friday

Though he has been on the job for several months, Geoffrey S. Mearns will be officially installed as the fifth president of Northern Kentucky University in ceremonies at 2 p.m. Friday.

The installation ceremony represents the official transfer of leadership responsibilities to incoming President Mearns, symbolized by the presentation of the president’s medallion and the administration of the oath of office.

The ceremony includes a processional of delegates from sister institutions from across the nation, NKU faculty and students, and a platform party of dignitaries.

The event is open to the public. Parking is available in the Welcome Center Garage.

The installation ceremony will take place at The Bank of Kentucky Center. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. A prelude concert will begin at 1:30 p.m., featuring the combined NKU Symphonic Winds, NKU Philharmonic Orchestra and the award-winning NKU Chamber Choir.

A public reception will immediately follow the Installation in the W. Frank Steely Library at approximately 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Guests may visit the “Kentucky Impressions: Paul Sawyier Original Works” exhibit in the Schlachter University Archives on the library’s first floor and the Eva G. Farris Reading Room on the library’s second floor.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., the “Mearns Two-Miler” will extend the celebration. The new president is a devoted runner. The event is a family-friendly two-mile run/walk on NKU’s campus, starting and ending at The Bank of Kentucky Center. It is a nono-competitive, untimed event. No pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact the NKU Office of Special Events, [email protected], or Kathy Stewart, Director of Special Events 859-572-5199 [email protected].

SOURCE: KY Forward

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PHOTO: Geoffrey Mearns