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To: Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: President Ashish Vaidya
Date: 05/03/22
Subject: Organizational Announcement

Dear Campus Community:

Please join me in welcoming Christina Roybal as our new Vice President and Director of Athletics. Christina comes to NKU from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and will join us on July 1, 2022.

Christina has deep experience in intercollegiate athletics, and I believe she will be an exceptional leader for our programs at an exciting time for the Norse. In just a short amount of time in Division I, we have come to expect championship-level success on and off the court. She will lead a department with 17 programs competing at the highest levels and boasting 14-straight semesters with a cumulative, department-wide GPA of 3.20 or better and eight consecutive semesters of a GPA better than 3.37. I am confident that Christina’s leadership and values will help NKU Athletics build on that success.

Over the last six years at UNI, Christina has served as senior associate athletic director for sports administration and is the primary administrator for 14 of the school’s 17 sports. She holds the title of senior woman administrator and deputy Title IX coordinator. Christina is a pioneer in empowering women in athletics and implementing standards for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in health, physical education, and recreation from Saint Mary’s College of California (2003), as well as master’s degrees from Fresno State in kinesiology (2006) and business administration (2013). She is an active member of National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA), and Women Leaders in College Sports.

We will introduce Christina at a press conference on Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at Truist Arena. You can read more about her here. (Press Release).

I would like to thank Eric Gentry and the search advisory committee for their excellent service during the search process. Finally, I want to share my deep gratitude to Ken Bothof for his nine years of excellent service to this university. Ken joined NKU in 2013 and led a highly successful transition to Division I athletics and academic achievement.

Ashish Vaidya