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Dear Colleagues:

Our need to express gratitude is a powerful bond that ties us together. Studies have shown that giving thanks is good for the heart, the mind and for the soul. So, while 2020 has tested our spirit, bent our strength and sapped our energy in so many ways, we have much to be grateful for. I hope you find time over the Thanksgiving Break to rest, remain safe and reflect on the things we feel fortunate about - whether it is with immediate members of your family or virtually with extended family and friends.

While we all will take some time to relax, please know that I am also mindful of the important decision that faces us when we return. The Board of Regents’ Special Meeting on December 2 will be top of mind, and I am committed to reviewing all the information at hand to provide a recommendation to the board.

Throughout this entire process, our focus has remained the same: to find a solution that presents the best option for both the university and our employees. We are holding a final Pension Listening session this afternoon at 3 p.m. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and reactions to the benefit statements prepared by our consultant, Segal. I hope you have a chance to join us for this event. Click the Zoom webinar link to join the listening session: https://nku.zoom.u /j/92173301525.

In Friday’s Fall Forum, I shared an update on the pension process and some of the benefits and challenges that each option presents. The Fall Forum also included highlights and accomplishments from this academic year, as well as a look ahead to Spring 2021. Our campus did great things in spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic. If you were unable to attend on Friday, I encourage you to watch the presentation on YouTube. If you have questions, please send an email to

Please enjoy the time off during Thanksgiving week. Thank you for all you do for NKU and our students.