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Exec. Dir., Institute for Health Innovation/ Vice President, Health Innovation Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Executive Director for the Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) and Vice President for Health Innovation (ED/VP). The ED/VP will bring gravitas and experience to promote NKU and the IHI institutionally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. S/he will advocate on behalf of the region, serve as a thought-leader around health policy, lay the groundwork for an aggressive externally funded research program, promote the transdisciplinary work of health innovation across the institution, and attract talent to NKU for applied research and development.

The dual title reflects the university’s commitment to both internal and external stakeholders and underscores that health innovation is central to the mission – and future – of NKU. The goal is to make the University one of the leading academic centers in the region focused on improving health outcomes, making healthcare more affordable, and promoting economic growth. The new Institute for Health Innovation will support a portfolio of transdisciplinary programs that will bring faculty, students, staff, community members, and international experts together with the goal of improving population health in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan region using research, targeted health initiatives, policy development, and entrepreneurial activity. The objective is for the IHI to serve as a model for other universities and communities and to establish NKU as a national resource in solving population health challenges where NKU faculty are already invested.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and working closely with the President and other campus leaders, the ED/VP will guide the establishment of the IHI and solidify the organizational model and leadership structure for sustainable growth. She or he will serve as the spokesperson for the IHI, promoting population health as a clear priority for NKU. The IHI will be housed in the new Health Innovation Center (HIC), a state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open in 2018. The HIC will serve as a boundary-crossing space, housing programs and departments from across campus. The ED/VP will manage a small staff and a commensurate budget. Key to the success of the IHI, HIC, and NKU, will be the ED/VP’s ability to grow private support through gifts and foundation grants as well as support for research through external funding.

This search is being led by Ponneh Varho and Andrew Lee with Natalie Leonhard.


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