By Jayna Morris
NKU Marketing + Communications

Every year, Northern Kentucky University honors alumni, faculty and staff for their contributions to the Univeristy and community. More than 50 individuals have been recognized in the last seven years for their leadership and service. 


Strongest Influence (Faculty) Award
Lynne Smith

Professor of Teacher Education, Northern Kentucky University

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Distinguished Service Award
Marty Butler (’77)

Partner, Strauss Troy Co. LPA

Read more about Marty.


Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Jason Merrick (’14, ’16)

Director of Inmate Addiction Service, Kenton County Detention Center

Read more about Jason.


Outstanding Alumnus Award
Mary Zalla (’87)

Global President, Consumer Brands and Managing Director of Chicago and Cincinnati, Landor LLC

Read more about Mary.