Martin Butler has been selected to chair the Board of Regents search committee to identify the next president for Northern Kentucky University. This comes after NKU President James Votruba announced his retirement earlier this month.
Butler is actively assembling a diverse committee with representatives from across the Northern Kentucky region. The committee’s first objective will be to select an outside recruiting firm to help with the search.
A former chairman of the Board of Regents, Butler said that the committee is hosting open meetings this fall to gather input from the community. The meetings will focus on the vision for the university and what kind of characteristics stakeholders want in the new president. A website is being launched for anyone to follow the process and keep up with announcements.
Current Board of Regents Chairman Terry Mann has states that the search will not be “dominated” by the board, and the committee will accept input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, the NKU Foundation and the community at large.
From 1997 to 2010, NKU’s student population grew from 11,785 to 15,748. The university has added 19 bachelor’s programs and 42 master’s programs since Votruba became president.