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Michael Hales is the Interim Vice President-Administration & Finance/Chief Financial Officer. In this role he is charged with leading and coordinating the following areas:

  • Business Operations and Auxiliary Services
  • Budget Office
  • Office of the Comptroller
  • Facilities Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology

He also serves as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the university.

Michael joined Northern Kentucky University as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in August 2015. He was promoted to his current role August 1, 2019.

He came to NKU with more than 25 years of financial experience at The E.W. Scripps Company, a $900 million revenue media company headquartered in Cincinnati. His progressive leadership roles over the course of his career have covered a wide range of responsibilities, including budget, audit, accounting, compliance, purchasing, and financial planning and analysis.

At The E.W. Scripps Company, he most recently served as the Vice President for Finance, Newspaper Division, with revenues of nearly $400 million. In this role, he was responsible for the annual newspaper division operating budget, centralized newspaper financial planning & analysis and newspaper accounting operations. Hales began his professional career in audit with the Cincinnati office of Ernst & Young.

A native of northern Kentucky, Michael is a proud NKU alum. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from NKU and is also a Certified Public Accountant. He is married to Karen Hales and is the father of two sons, Daniel and Joshua.

Sue Hodges Moore, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance
836 Lucas Admin Center (AC)
(859) 572-5125
halesm1@nku.edu