Gerard A. St. Amand has served as Interim President of Northern Kentucky University since May 2017. He postponed his planned retirement scheduled for May 1, 2017 to serve in this role when former President Geoffrey Mearns announced he was leaving the university.
St. Amand has a long tenure with NKU, joining the Chase College of Law as dean and professor of law in 1999. In 2006, he was asked to serve as NKU’s Vice President for University Advancement, a position he served in until 2013 when he elected to return to the law school in a full-time teaching capacity.
Since his time with NKU, St. Amand has served the national, Kentucky and Ohio legal communities in multiple capacities, most notably on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Bar Foundation, the Kentucky Judicial Education Commission, the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, and the Ohio State Bar Association Law Deans Committee. He has also served on the NKU Foundation Board as a member of the executive, investment, governance and membership committees. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of multiple community and business organizations, including the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance.
He has been recognized during his service at NKU with the Public Advocate Award from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, the Distinguished Service Award from the Chase College of Law Alumni Association, the Keeper of the Dream Award from the National Black Law Students Association and the Second Act Award from the Business Courier.
Prior to coming to NKU, St. Amand dedicated nearly 25 years to serving his country by practicing law as an officer and lawyer in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He held many distinguished positions during his military career. Even during this time, St. Amand exhibited a passion for educational excellence, as his Army service included three years on the faculty of the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School, where he taught in the LL.M. program, followed later by service as the Director of Academics and Commandant of the School. His most notable military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He also received the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Security Strategy Award. St. Amand retired from Army service at the rank of Colonel and as Commandant of The Judge Advocate General’s School to assume his duties as dean at the Chase College of Law.