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Dr. James Votruba

Northern Kentucky University

On August 1, 1997, James C. Votruba became President of Northern Kentucky University, a
14,700 student metropolitan campus located in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area.
Dr. Votruba came to NKU from Michigan State University where he was vice provost for
university outreach and professor of higher education from 1989-97. Prior to his tenure at MSU,
he was dean of the College of Education and Human Development (1983-1989) at Binghamton
University. He previously held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign and Drake University.
President Votruba earned his B.A. in political science, M.A. in political science and sociology, and his Ph.D. in education administration from Michigan State University. He is a frequent lecturer, author, and consultant in the higher education leadership, strategic planning, and public engagement. In 2002, he chaired the American Association State Colleges and Universities’ National Task Force on Public Engagement, and he serves as a faculty member AASCU New President’s Academy. In 2004, he delivered the annual AASCU President-to-Presidents Lecture entitled
“Leading the Engaged University." Dr. Votruba is currently Secretary-Treasurer of the AASCU Boar
served as President of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities from 2004 to 2006. He serves on a boards including the National Campus Compact Board of Directors, the Association of Governing Board’s Council Presidents, and the Board of Directors of the Ohio National Mutual Holding Company. He recently co
2015, a Northern Kentucky regional planning process.
Dr. Votruba's wife, Rachel, is actively involved in several community-based non-profit
organizations. Their family includes three children and five grandsons.