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Dave Merriss was born in Covington, Kentucky and graduated from Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  A first generation college student, Dave earned an Army ROTC scholarship and became a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Tennessee. He served over 20 years in the U.S. Army retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He spent nine years overseas including three and half years of remote tours.

Dave has held numerous key command, staff, division and joint assignment positions. While serving as a U.S.Army Criminal Investigative Command (USACIDC) battalion commander, Dave was the Army’s on site senior criminal investigative representative during the Oklahoma City Bombing investigation.   He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5thOak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal,  National Defense Service Medal with Service Star, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon with Roman Numeral Four. He also earned the Parachutist Badge and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

Dave has worked in higher education in a wide variety of positions for over 15 years. Those positions have included Professor of Military Science, Academic Advisement Coordinator, Associate Director of Admissions, Senior Business Analyst, and Director of the One-Stop Phone Center. For the past four years he has chaired the Veteran Advocacy Committee responsible for initiating and implementing many “Veteran Friendly” initiatives. Dave is the founding adviser of NKU’s student veteran organization and led the campus effort to create the Veterans Resource Station (VRS). . In his role as Assistant Director, he continues to lead the programs and services provided by the VRS. 

Dave’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Cultural Studies from University of Tennessee, a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Texas A& M University, and a Master of Social Work degree from Northern Kentucky University.

Dave is married to the former Mary Morgan of Fairfield, Ohio. He has two adult children. His daughter is employed by the Social Security Administration and married to an active duty Navy lieutenant. His son has completed two combat tours in Iraq and is a senior captain serving as an instructor at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning Georgia. Both of Dave’s parents served in World War II. His 92 year old mother was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award from the Cincinnati VA for her service in the Women’s Army Corps and service to her local WAC chapter in Florida.  One of Dave’s brothers is also a retired senior non-commissioned officer with 22 years of active military service and three combat tours. The Merriss family currently has 2 nephews and 2 cousins serving on active duty in the Air Force, Army, or Navy. 

Dave Merriss