NKU Board of Regents welcomes new members

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NKU Board of Regents Chairman Richard A. Boehne administers the oath of office to new board members Gregory S. Shumate, left, Normand G. Desmarais, center, and Will Weber.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – On Thursday, the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents welcomed three new members to the 11-member board: Normand G. Desmarais of Covington, Gregory S. Shumate of Fort Mitchell, and Will Weber of Fort Thomas.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Desmarais and Shumate to six-year terms on the Board of Regents in August. Weber joined the Board in July following his election as Student Government Association president last academic year.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of Regents; my wife and two daughters are graduates of NKU, and it is a significant asset to the region. I am looking forward to making a positive, innovative impact upon the university over the next six years,” said Desmarais, who is chairman of TiER1 Performance Solutions and CEO of Xcelerated Learning Dynamics in Covington.

Shumate is an attorney at Frost Brown Todd and has served on the NKU Foundation since 2002, most recently as co-chair of its Advocacy Committee. He has also served on the College of Informatics Dean’s Advisory Board since 2007.

“It has been a great honor to help support and advocate for Northern Kentucky University, which plays an important role in our community,” Shumate said. “My wife, Katie, is a proud alumna and our son is a NKU student. I look forward to helping the University grow, innovate, and thrive in this new capacity.”

Weber will represent NKU’s more than 14,000 students on the Board.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve on the Board of Regents,” Weber said. “NKU is fortunate to have a talented group of influential community and business leaders with a passion for NKU’s future. I look forward to providing a voice for our student body and advocating for continued student success as I work with my fellow Regents towards the goals in the University’s strategic plan, Fuel the Flame.”

The new Regents join Board chairman Boehne (’81); vice chairman Mr. Lee Scheben; secretary Ms. Virginia G. Fox; and Regents Terry L. Mann, Dennis Repenning and Andra Ward, as well as Faculty Regent Richard Boyce and Staff Regent Arnie Slaughter.

“This is an exciting time for our University, as we work to build and develop our new Health Innovation Center and as our Division I athletics programs enter a new phase of competition,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “I look forward to working with each of our Regents to continue and advance that momentum.”

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