NKU Foundation adds board member

Michele Hargis

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — The Northern Kentucky University Foundation has named Michele Hargis to its board of directors and has given emeritus status to two longtime members, Barry Kienzle and Tom Saelinger.

With more than two decades working in the financial services industry, Hargis currently serves as the chief investment officer for Total Quality Logistics. She has also served as vice president and senior portfolio manager of Fifth Third Bank and as a financial adviser for Smith Barney.

Hargis spent 13 years working as an adjunct faculty member in Thomas More University’s Finance Department and lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband, twin daughters and son.

“NKU has such a presence in our region, from innovating to address critical health issues to giving first generations students the support to earn their degree. I’m honored to join its Foundation Board,” said Hargis.

“We are pleased to add Michele to the NKU Foundation Board. She’s passionate about helping others and will be a great addition,” said NKUF President Jason Jackman. “I’m also proud to honor two of our longtime members and NKU supporters. They have devoted so much time to increasing opportunities for our students.”

Kienzle and Saelinger were named emeritus members of the NKU Foundation board. Kienzle is the immediate past president and served three terms leading the board. He joined the NKU Foundation board in 2001. Saelinger joined the board in 2007 and has served as development committee chair.

While state appropriations help fund NKU’s basic operating budget, the foundation provides other sources of revenue necessary for continued advancement. Gifts from generous donors have funded student scholarships, campus expansion and renovations, athletics, the arts, technology upgrades, community outreach programs, faculty residencies, honors learning, and more.

For more information on the NKU Foundation, click here.

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