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Nearly 50 years ago, our founding Board of Regents was charged with a monumental undertaking: to set in motion the myriad tasks that would build a new university from the ground up.

In its first year of existence—which began with the inaugural meeting in September 1968—the Board had to help with the campus site selection, choose a president and other administrators, work out a plan to merge with a community college, establish a budget and find a way to finance the groundwork leading to the first classes.

These founding Regents taught us to be builders on behalf of our university and its future. They taught us how to care deeply about our students and how to weave them into every dimension of our work.

We, the current Board of Regents, are privileged and honored to serve as the governing body of NKU. And we are acutely and humbly aware of the sacred responsibilities inherent in this service. From the examples and inspirations of former Regents, we have remained true to the university's core values. We have ensured that student learning remains the university's focus. We have been open to new ideas and different ways of doing things. And we have cherished our commitment to serve the broader community.

NKU stands as testament to this maxim. It illustrates what happens when corporate, political and civic leaders share a common vision for the future, as happened in Northern Kentucky in the 1960s.

Today, NKU is entering a new level of service. And it is advancing the dreams of our students and our community and, in the process, building a university that is a tremendous source of pride to us all.