Senior Advisor to the President for Inclusive Excellence Search Committee

Dear Colleagues:

In November, I informed the campus that I decided to create a new position at the university: Senior Advisor to the President for Inclusive Excellence.  While we will conduct a national search, I encourage our qualified faculty and staff to apply for this position. 

I have appointed a search committee to facilitate this process.  Miriam Kannan, Regents Professor of Biological Sciences, and Dannie Moore, Associate Dean of Students and Director of African American Student Affairs, will co-chair the committee.  The other committee members are:

  • Ben Anderson, Director of Disability Programs and Services
  • Sharlene Boltz, Professor of Law
  • John Gaffin, Sergeant, NKU Police Department
  • Daniel Ginn, Student
  • Crystal Kendrick, Alumna, President of The Voice of Your Customer
  • James Koschoreck, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
  • Thomas McGovern, Chair, Visual Arts
  • Rochelle Shields, Assistant Director of Admissions Outreach
  • Natalia Weekly, Student
  • Kristine Yohe, Associate Professor of English
  • Carole Ziegler, Business Officer, College of Education and Human Services
  • Vickie Natale, Executive Director of Planning and Performance (non-voting, ex-officio)

As I said when I announced the creation of this position, the Senior Advisor will not “do” diversity alone.  Rather, this person will act as a campus-wide voice and provide broad leadership, collaboration, and coordination.  An inclusive campus culture is everyone’s responsibility, including mine.



Geoffrey S. Mearns
Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive
800 Lucas Administrative Center 
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859-572-5123
Fax: 859-572-6696