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NKU Named by Forbes Among Nation's Top Colleges; Business Students Win Honors

Northern Kentucky University remains among the nation’s top higher education institutions, according to Forbes Magazine.

For the eighth year, NKU has been included in the magazine’s annual “America’s Top Colleges” rankings, a list of the nation’s top 660 public and private universities as measured by the return students receive on their investment.

Overall, NKU was ranked #641. It was the #249 public college and the #182 college in the South.

The list “is our answer to the debate over whether higher education is worth it,” Forbes wrote in its report. “For these outstanding institutions, we give a resounding yes.”

The rankings focus on student outcomes in five categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

“Each day, our dedicated faculty and staff work to ensure that our students have every opportunity to succeed, both on our campus and beyond,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “We are pleased that those efforts have been recognized, and we are honored to once again be ranked among the top colleges in America.”

Rankings are prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C. NKU has been included in the rankings since 2009. For more information, visit

Business students win honors

The Northern Kentucky University chapter of Phi Beta Lambda brought home 10 national awards from the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga. June 24-27.

The PBL National Leadership Conference provides college students with the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills at various locations throughout the United States by taking examinations, giving presentations, or competing in academic events over multiple business related disciplines. NKU students have attended the conference and earned national awards each of the last three years.

This year, 14 students from NKU attended the conference for Professional Business Leaders of America, which hosted more than 1,800 PBL members, advisors and guests.

The Haile/US Bank College of Business PBL chapter received ten finishes in the top 10 in the nation in topics such as Business Decision Making, Retail Management, and Financial Concepts.  As a state, Kentucky PBL also made a big impression, winning a total of 28 national awards between all PBL chapters.

“I am very excited for our students, who performed at a high level and represented Northern Kentucky University well,” said Frank Robinson, the Assistant Director of the College of Business Advising Center and PBL advisor.  “This is the most academically talented group of students that I have had the privilege of working with so far. It is great not only to see our students winning awards, but also building professional skills that go beyond the classroom from this experience.”

PBL members who placed at the state level are eligible to attend the National Leadership Conference to compete with other PBL students from around the country. 

Phi Beta Lambda (Professional Business Leaders) is open to all NKU students from all majors who are interested in building their professional skills.

NKU award recipients included:

3rd Place Recipients

Financial Analysis & Decision Making – Alison Hiler & Zachary Powers (Team)

Financial Concepts – Zachary Powers

4th Place Recipient

Organizational Behavior & Leadership – Keith Prive

5th Place Recipients

Business Decision Making – Joseph Smith & Kathleen Pfeffer & Taylor Gagne (Team)

Job Interview – Joseph Smith

6th Place Recipient

Financial Concepts – Justin Reed

8th Place Recipients

Business Law – Julie McKendry

Management Analysis & Decision Making – John Griffith & Keith Prive (Team)

9th Place Recipient

Retail Management – Taylor Gagne

10th Place Recipient

Management Concepts – Anthony Cox

Additional National Recognition:

Who’s Who in KY PBL – Alison Hiler

Outstanding Local Chapter Advisor for KY – Frank Robinson

Chase Law grad named chief judge of Kentucky Court of Appeals

Judge Joy A. Kramer, who was graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1996, is the new chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. She was elected by other appeals court judges and sworn-in June 30 to a four-year term that began July 1. As chief judge, she is responsible for administrative oversight of the court.

At Chase, Judge Kramer received the Chase Excellence Scholarship, was a member of the Northern Kentucky Law Review, and was graduated magna cum laude. She is a member of the executive committee of the Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court and is a former president of the Inn.

Judge Kramer was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2006 from the Sixth Appellate District of twenty-one northern Kentucky counties. She will be sworn in again as chief judge in a public ceremony, at 3 p.m. July 20 at the United States Courthouse in Covington, by U.S.

District Senior Judge William O. Bertelsman, for whom she was chief law clerk for six years.

-Staff report