Guided early growth in 1976-83
A.D. Albright was the top choice to become the first president of Northern Kentucky University in 1969.
But already committed to a yearlong Fulbright lectureship in Belgium, he declined the offer, which was accepted by Frank Steely.Eventually Albright would become NKU’s second president, serving from 1976 to 1983 and presiding over a doubling in NKU’s enrollment and $40 million in construction that cemented its identity as a hub in the region.
The delay in taking the job showed Albright’s respect for academics and scholarship that permeated his life until the end. Albright, 96, died early Friday in Lexington...