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From: Cady Short-Thompson, Ph.D.
President, Northern Kentucky University
Date: 11/30/2023
Subject: Campus update and good news from November 2023

Dear NKU campus community,

I hope you all enjoyed the five-day break last week and that you are doing well during these last couple weeks of the fall 2023 semester. Last week, our country celebrated Thanksgiving and we have much to be thankful for this year. I hope you all took the time to reflect on what matters most – our family and friends, health and well-being, gratitude for those who serve, protect and care for us, and the opportunity we all have to help and guide our learners and the community around us.

Thank you for all you do each day for the university. I am thankful to be home at NKU with you, leading with you.

Throughout November, I continued to learn more about the strengths and challenges we face, along with the many opportunities ahead of us. My listening tours will continue through December, and I plan to share the key themes and takeaways in January.

During the November Board of Regents meeting, I reported that the Cabinet has committed to collaboration, collegiality, trust, belonging, unity, accountability, transparency, responsible financial stewardship, shared governance, modernization, innovation and participation in the life of the university. The Board also heard five presidential priorities:

  1. Strengthening strategic enrollment management
  2. Restoring NKU’s financial health
  3. Modernizing our processes and operations
  4. Improving NKU’s identity and culture
  5. Bolstering relationships in our region

You will hear more about these priorities in the months ahead. In the meantime, we can all focus on that first priority — strategic enrollment management. Spring semester registration is ongoing, so please continue to encourage your students and peers to register for the spring semester and assist them with the many available resources so that they can continue their path to success.

Our transfer campaign is also ongoing with multiple spring transfer incentives available, so continue to be champions of NKU and let people in our community know about the many great opportunities we have to offer. The Adult and Transfer Center home page is a great resource for prospective transfer students.

With the end of the semester and Commencement only a couple weeks away, remember to take care of yourselves and set aside time to relax because these final weeks are often exhausting. As we push through to the end of the year, there will be many proud moments for this university, so stay tuned to NKU Magazine and the NKU Media Center for great stories about our December 2023 graduates and good news about our university, students, faculty and staff, and our alumni.

Here are just a few recent highlights:

As always, these are just a few examples of thousands of ways you are having a major impact on our students, region, and the world around us. Thank you all for your continued support and for all you do to advance our mission.  I appreciate the many roles you play at NKU!


Cady Short-Thompson, Ph.D.

President, Northern Kentucky University