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Former Law School Dean Will Be NKU’s Interim President

Posted On March 16, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Highland Heights, Ky.) – A law professor will serve as the interim president of Northern Kentucky University upon Geoffrey Mearns’ departure.

The Northerner student newspaper reported Wednesday that the NKU Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve Gerry St. Amand as interim president starting May 7. Mearns will be leaving campus following that day’s spring commencement to assume the role of president at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

“The expectation of the board is that this interim period ought not be a period where we simply mark time waiting for a new president to take over,” St. Amand told the newspaper. “This is a competitive business enterprise. Sometimes we don’t think of it in those terms. The old adage is, if you’re standing still, you’re falling behind.”

St. Amand was planning to retire this year, but will delay those plans.

He has previously served as Vice President of University Advancement and the Dean of Chase College of Law, where he is still a faculty member.

A presidential search committee has been formed at NKU to aid in the selection of the school’s next president. The school is soliciting bids from executive search consultants. A new president is expected to be hired by September.

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