EDUCATE NKY announces president, CEO

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EDUCATE NKY, an organization created to focus on student outcomes in underperforming districts, announced Wednesday that former Kenton County Schools superintendent Tim Hanner will be the nonprofit’s president and CEO.

“EDUCATE NKY calls for deliberate strategy development, policy alignment and innovative education strategies that drive the future success of our students and their outcomes,” said EDUCATE NKY chair Greg Fischer. “We are excited to have Tim at the helm to steer this effort.”

Tim Hanner. Photo provided | EDUCATE NKY

The board also includes St. Elizabeth CEO Garren Colvin, Tim Fogarty of WCM Holdings, KLH Engineers’ Bob Heil, retired Victory Community Bank President Jack Kenkel, community volunteer Lynn Schaber, Ziegler & Schneider’s Matt Smith and former NKU President James Votruba.

“We have much to celebrate in Northern Kentucky on the education front, however too many of our students are still left behind, which impacts the progress of our community, our workforce and quality of life,” Hanner said. “I am honored to chart this road map focused on transformational change on behalf of our students.” 

Hanner has more than 30 years of experience in education, in addition to a background in nonprofits and business.

EDUCATE NKY was incubated and launched in 2023 by the OneNKY Alliance to address positive systemic change in education throughout Northern Kentucky, with specific focus on underserved and underperforming school districts. 

 “The Northern Kentucky Community has successfully addressed complex issues together for many years,” said OneNKY President and CEO Karen Finan. “We must plan for the future NKY – 20 years out – one where education drives the outcomes, and we continue as a thriving community for all. We know that Tim Hanner will create the path forward for this vision.”

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