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NKU announced new Vice President of Student Affairs

October 21, 2020



Dr. Eddie Howard will begin January 1, 2021.

Dr. Eddie J. Howard, Jr. has been selected as NKU’s Vice President for Student Affairs, according to the administration in a news release. Howard assumes the role on Jan. 1, 2021 and will provide direct leadership over student-centered departments across campus.

Prior to joining NKU, Howard served as Vice President for Student Affairs for Youngstown State University. According to the news release, for the last five years, he has been responsible for implementing comprehensive service programs and activities while enhancing students’ academic success opportunities.

Howard has over two decades of student-centered experience. He has been in numerous positions at Augusta Technical College, Augusta University, Georgia College & State University and the University of Louisville. Some of these positions include associate Vice President for student experience, Vice President for Student Affairs, acting assistant Vice President for student life, director of student activities, assistant director of services and greek advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Howard received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Youngstown State University, a Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Valdosta State University.

“We’re delighted for Eddie to join our executive leadership team. He brings an exceptional understanding of guiding and advocating students’ needs along with comprehensive experience in retention, graduation and inclusive excellence,” said President Ashish Vaidya. “We look forward to Eddie’s insights on our strategic priorities as we work towards becoming a more student-ready, regionally engaged university.”

According to the release, President Vaidya reimagined the Student Affairs leadership position to provide a fully integrated student experience across the university with a particular focus on academic affairs. 

As Vice President for Student Affairs, Howard will lead NKU’s student conduct and engagement, student inclusiveness and campus safety.

“Serving the needs of diverse learners from all backgrounds is what I love doing,” said Howard. “I appreciate President Vaidya and the NKU community’s investment in new experiential learning opportunities.”

According to Howard, he is looking forward to assuming this new role at NKU.

“By empowering students, we continue to build the bedrock of the civic hopes and aspirations our society holds,” Howard said.

To learn more about the university’s programs and events, visit NKU’s Student Affairs website.

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