Geoffrey Mearns named new NKU president

Geoffrey S. Mearns. Northern Kentucky University President.
Geoffrey S. Mearns. Northern Kentucky University President.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX19) - The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted unanimously to name Geoffrey S. Mearns as NKU's fifth president.

Mearns will succeed Dr. James C. Votruba, who will retire July 31 after 15 years as NKU president.

Mearns takes over August 1.

Mearns has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State University since February 2010, and was dean and professor of law at Cleveland State's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for four and a half years prior to that.

"I am excited by the opportunities that lie before us," Mearns said. "Northern Kentucky University is valued internally and externally as an outstanding academic institution that is an integral part of its community.

Prior to joining Cleveland State, Mearns was a practicing lawyer for more than 15 years, including serving as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice.

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