(Highland Heights, Ky.) - Northern Kentucky University has its fifth president in its 44 year history.
Cleveland State University provost Geoffrey Mearns has been tapped from among a list of three finalists. Frostburg State University president Jonathan Gibralter and Ferris State University president David Eisler each withdrew their names in the past few days.
Mearns, 52, will be formally introduced Tuesday after the NKU Board of Regents approves his hiring during a 10:30 meeting.
The university formed a presidential search and screening committee when it became known 14-year president James Votruba would be retiring in 2012.
Chair Martin Butler said Mearns, as well as the other two finalists, has the experience and ability to take the university to a whole new level.
Prior to joining Cleveland State as the law school dean in 2005, Mearns worked over 15 years as a practicing lawyer. He worked as a federal prosecutor prior to starting a private practice in 1998.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1981 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1987.
Mearns was interviewed during a visit to the NKU campus on April 9 and 10.