Last week, the Board of Regents held its annual retreat. As part of its agenda, the Board elected new officers. I am pleased to share that Dennis Repenning (Chase Law ‘79) was elected as chair; Elizabeth Thompson was elected as vice chair; and Nathan Smith (’94) was elected as secretary. These dedicated Regents will provide outstanding leadership.
The meeting also marked Terry Mann’s last meeting as chair. Regent Mann has served with distinction, and I am grateful for his insight and dedication to our university. Finally, the retreat was Marty Butler’s last meeting. Regent Butler has ably served our university as a Board member for 11 years. I anticipate that Mr. Butler’s successor will be named within the next 30 days. Once Governor Beshear has made the appointment, I will share the information with you.
A major component of the retreat was a report from the Strategic Planning Committee. The Board was very pleased with the progress to date, and the Regents indicated that the Committee is moving in the right direction. The Board was also impressed with the high level of campus and community consultation and participation.
I will provide a preview of the Committee’s proposed plan at the Fall Convocation on August 16, and the draft plan will be shared with the campus on September 1. During September, I will have meetings with key constituencies, as well as four open forums and an online forum, to gather feedback from the campus. The Committee will spend October drafting the final plan, and I will ask the Board to consider the plan at its November meeting.
The Board also conducted my evaluation at the meeting. I was gratified that the Board appreciated my contribution during my first year as a member of this community. More importantly, the Board is very pleased with the collective progress of the university, and the Board recognizes that this progress is a direct result of the efforts of every faculty and staff member. Our collective work allows us to best serve our students and the community. I am personally grateful for your commitment over the past year, and I am looking forward to another productive and rewarding year.
Geoffrey S. Mearns
Northern Kentucky University
800 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099