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NKU’s interim President Gerry St. Amand takes the helm to lead the university through its transition

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Northern Kentucky University’s Gerard “Gerry” St. Amand reached out to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters on his first day as interim president on May 8.

St. Amand reflected on his time at NKU and his role in guiding the University during this time of transition.
 
“When I was asked to serve in this interim role, it was made clear that no one wants a transition period of simply “marking time” waiting for the next president – certainly our students can’t afford that and neither can the region we serve.
 

Gerry St. Amand

“Rather, we must keep charging forward to advance all of our strategic priorities.  My team and I will work to ensure that upon the successful conclusion of our presidential search, our new president is able to leap confidently upon a speeding train rather than having to labor needlessly to restart our engine.
 
“I look forward to the next several months working together to maintain our momentum and to ensure a successful presidential transition for the university we all love,” wrote St. Amand.    
 
St. Amand joined NKU Chase College of Law as Dean and Professor of Law in 1999. In 2006, St. Amand was selected to serve as NKU’s Vice President for University Advancement, a position he served in until 2013 when he elected to return to the law school in a full-time teaching capacity.

St. Amand postponed retirement to serve as interim president after Geoffrey S. Mearns announced he was leaving the University to become president of Ball State University in Indiana.

NKU’s presidential search committee is working with Isaacson, Miller to conduct the process of selecting the University’s sixth president. 
 

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