To: Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: President Ashish Vaidya
Subject: Athletic Director Ken Bothof’s Retirement
Dear Campus Community:
I write today to share the news that, effective June 30, 2022, after nearly nine years leading our Division I Norse Athletics programs, Ken Bothof has decided to retire as director of athletics at Northern Kentucky University.
I am grateful to have worked with Ken these past few years and I am pleased to have him serve through June as we prepare to launch a national search for a new AD.
Ken joined NKU as director of athletics in August 2013, inheriting an athletic department that was in the middle of a transition to Division I status and successfully guided the Norse programs into active DI membership in August 2016. Among the most important successes during Ken’s time at NKU is the overhaul of the academics operation in athletics, which has led to 14 straight semesters with a cumulative, department-wide GPA of 3.20 or better. That also includes a current streak of eight consecutive semesters of a GPA better than 3.37.
The Norse also played to unprecedented successes on the field and the court during the past nine years as well. Among the highlights:
Additionally, season-ticket sales for men’s basketball have nearly tripled during Ken’s tenure and fundraising has risen more than five-fold in that time. In fact, and a recent gift pushed Norse Athletics beyond its $8.5 million campaign goal. Facility enhancements included new turf installations for soccer, baseball and softball, as well as rebranding in BB&T Arena, NKU Soccer Stadium, Regents Hall and Albright Health Center. He also negotiated partnerships with Adidas as our athletics apparel provider and with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to enhance the sports medicine services provided to Norse student-athletes.
No doubt, he will leave big shoes to fill. Please join me in congratulating Ken on a wonderful career and wishing him well as he begins a new chapter in his life.