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New NKU President gives first major address

Geoffrey Mearns (Source: NKU) Geoffrey Mearns (Source: NKU)
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX19) -

The new President of Northern Kentucky University delivered his first major address as president on Friday.

During the annual fall convocation, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns delivered the State of the University address signaling the official start to the academic year. The address reflected on the university's accomplishments over the past year plus look ahead to new challenges and opportunities. 

Mearns said that NKU student-athletes posted the highest GPA in school history, and this year's freshman class has the highest average ACT score at 23.

Mearns said he will be conducting a survey of students and the community to come up with the school's next strategic plan. He noted that colleges face unprecedented competition for students.

"We won't waste time complaining. We will focus on competing," he said.

NKU will continue to focus on student success, which he defined as, "Enrolling qualified students, retaining and graduating those students at high rates and preparing those students to obtain meaningful employment as well as preparing them for a rewarding, fulfilled life."

The Convocation was held in Greaves Concert Hall, inside the fine arts center on university drive.

Mearns became NKU's fifth president on Aug. 1, replacing long time president Jim Votruba. Before coming to NKU, Mearns was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State University. 

For a full list of this weekend's activities and move in schedules, click here.

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