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Dr. Jim Votruba Bio
Dr. Jim Votruba Associate
President Emeritus, Northern Kentucky University

2660 Shaker Road • Lakeside Park, Kentucky 41017 • 859-572-7975 (O) • 513-484-3044 (M)


Specialties: Civic engagement, university-community partnerships, leadership assessment and development, organizational effectiveness and alignment, strategic planning and board development

About Dr. James C. Votruba
Prior to his 15-year tenure as president and professor of educational leadership at Northern Kentucky University, Dr. James Votruba served in various faculty and administrative positions at his alma mater, Michigan State University, as well as Binghamton University, Drake University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Recognized nationally for his work in the area of university public engagement, Dr. Votruba has served as a faculty member for both the American Association of State College and Universities (AASCU) New Presidents’ Academy and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education. 

Service Highlights:

  • Member, Ohio National Mutual Holding Company Board of Directors
  • Chair, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Board of Trustees
  • Past chair, AASCU Board of Directors
  • Past chair, AASCU Task Force on College Readiness and AASCU Task Force on Public Engagement
  • Past president, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
  • Board of Directors, National Campus Compact
  • Past member, Association of Governing Boards Council of Presidents


  • Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame, Inaugural Member (2014)
  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (2000), Michigan State University
  • President’s Award, Cincinnati Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America
  • Dorothy Wood Foundation Community Service Award, Redwood Rehabilitation Center


  • Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Michigan State University