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Dean of Steely Library Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as its next Dean of the W. Frank Steely Library (“dean”). The next dean will join NKU at a pivotal moment in its history. With the excitement of a new President, Dr. Ashish Vaidya and the work on a new strategic plan and capital campaign, the institution is poised and as committed as ever to delivering on its commitment to student success and access and to generating impactful research.

A growing regional university located in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati metropolitan area, NKU is committed to instilling a passion in its students that will lead them to fulfilling careers, community engagement, and meaningful lives. This commitment has been a driving force as the university has expanded academic offerings and advanced new opportunities for experiential learning for students. The NKU community can look back at the past decade with pride at the founding of two new colleges, the construction of several new buildings on campus, and a successful transition to Division I athletics.

The W. Frank Steely Library is a major educational resource for NKU and the surrounding community. It is the central research hub of campus and provides a wide range of library services to support the academic needs of students and faculty in each academic college. Reporting to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the dean is the chief administrator of the library and serves on the Academic Affairs Council and Deans’ Council, overseeing a staff of about 22 library faculty and 20 library staff, the Center for Innovation and Technology in Education (CITE), and a budget of approximately $4 million.

Ponneh Varho is leading this search with Natalie Leonhard and Robin Dougherty.

Northern Kentucky University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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