Northern Kentucky University names Ken Bothof new athletic director

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Northern Kentucky University named Ken Bothof as the school’s new athletic director.

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns made the announcement Wednesday

Bothof has been the athletics director at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since 2002.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of this university and its athletics program, and we’re excited to welcome Ken,” Mearns said. “What he has accomplished at Green Bay is very impressive. He has positioned the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for great success both within the Horizon League and on the national stage. Our transition to Division I has gone more smoothly than we anticipated. With Ken on board, I know that our best days are ahead of us.”

According to a biography on, the official website for UW-Green Bay athletics, Bothof served on an $11 million capital campaign on a $33 million renovations and expansion of the Phoenix Sports Center on the UW-Green Bay campus.

He also developed a plan to expand outdoor soccer and softball facilities at the university, according to the website.

Bothof is known for his management of the UW-Green Bay’s athletic budget, and financial growth, according to Mearns.

In May 2008, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard said, “My best move was to hire Ken Bothof, and in the first year, he had the program running in the black again. Every year, he’s been able to increase investments in the athletic program because of the community support."

Bothof replaces Scott Eaton as the permanent NKU athletic director, after Eaton was fired in March following an investigation that revealed several intimate and inappropriate relationships between Eaton and four employees, as well as one student.

Eaton is also accused of mishandling between $100,000-$150,000 during his time at NKU. Under his tenure, Eaton also lead NKU into its first season as an NCAA Division 1 school.

“I want to thank President Mearns and the university community for the confidence they have placed in me to lead NKU during this exciting time in the university’s history,” Bothof said. “I look forward to working through this transition. There is a great opportunity for success in the future of Division I athletics. The move to Division I is a big move. It’s a big step up, and it’s going to be challenging and exciting all at the same time.”

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