President James C. Votruba, Northern Kentucky University (#723)
Northern Kentucky University President James C. Votruba, who will be stepping down later this summer, discusses his accomplishments and issues in higher education.
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Votruba came to NKU from Michigan State University, where he was vice provost. Widely respected in higher education circles, he chaired the board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in 2010. He was also the co-author of Becoming an Engaged Campus: A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement.
Votruba has served as president of NKU since 1997.
Cincy Magazine recently named Votruba one of the 100 most influential people in the region. "Under his leadership, NKU's ambitions, accomplishments and growth seem to know no bounds—and as it ascends, so do the communities south of the river," the magazine said.
Votruba earned his bachelor's in political science, his master's degree in political science and sociology, and his doctorate in higher education administration from Michigan State University.
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