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Northern Kentucky University

A Panoramic History

Northern Kentucky University's evolution from an educational branch of the University of Kentucky into a major university in its own right is a tale of promise and humble beginnings. Could the handful of students and instructors attending classes in a Covington bus station in 1946 have ever imagined what the next six and a half decades would bring? Today, NKU serves more than 15,000 students, employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff, and is the fastest growing institution of higher learning in the state.

Northern Kentucky University: A Panoramic History showcases the evolution of NKU, revealing the history, events, and individuals involved in the transformation. Offering side-by-side comparisons of past milestones and recent advancements, the book both shows and tells the story of the university and its people.

Featuring engaging historical photographs alongside full-color panoramic images by photographer Thomas R. Schiff, Northern Kentucky University illustrates the university's rapid evolution. Accompanying the images are accounts from professors and alumni, including Professor Emeritus James C. Claypool, the first full-time employee of the college. This lavishly illustrated volume is an inviting window into the storied past and the future of an institution ready to ignite the potential of Kentucky's brightest stars.

About the Authors

Thomas R. Schiff is a professional photographer and a native of Cincinnati. He is the author of numerous photography books, including Prospect, Wright Panorama: Elements of Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture in 360 Degrees, and Vegas 360: Panoramic Photographs of Las Vegas.


"The dramatic photographs of Thomas Schiff, the historic black and white images and the lively narrative bring to life the history and the buoyant and creative spirit of Northern Kentucky University."—James Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University

"This is a novel, refreshing addition to the genre of commissioned institutional histories. It is especially timely and fitting to bring attention to the under-studied region of Northern Kentucky and its home grown institutions and leaders."—John Thelin, professor of education at University of Kentucky

"This is more than a history lesson. It feels like a trip down memory lane! I love the pictures past and present and I couldn't be prouder to be an NKU alum. Great read! Go Norse!"—Sheree Paolello, class of 1996, WLWT News 5 anchor

"Tells the dramatic story of NKU's journey from an inspiring early vision to the dynamic university it is today. Much has changed in our nearly 50 years but one thing has remained constant: A steadfast commitment to nurture and support the dreams of our students and our region. Seeing NKU's breathtaking evolution through the lens of Tom Schiff and others leaves no doubt in my mind that our flame will burn ever brighter in the years ahead."—James Votruba, President Emeritus, Northern Kentucky University

"I couldn't ask for a better way to show the remarkable story and history of this university. Words alone could not do it justice."—Arturo Minera, class of 2014

"[. . .] Juxtaposed against historic images of the campus through the years, the images tell

a compelling story about the University's evolution. But it is through the words of those who

know NKU best – professors, staff, and alumni – that its story truly jumps off of the page."—River City News

"The highlight of the book is renowned photographer Thomas Schiff's 360-degree panoramic views of the university taken at different times of the year. His panoramic photographs offer a beautiful and unique perspective of the campus. Historical photographs juxtaposed with the panoramic shots illustrate the university's evolution and expansion.

[. . .] This coffee-table style book offers stunning photography alongside an excellent account of NKU's history."—Kentucky Library Association

"This lavishly illustrated volume is an inviting window into the storied past and the future of an institution ready to ignite the potential of Kentucky's brightest stars."—Northern Kentucky Heritage

"This striking coffee-table book is a fantastic collection of photos from Northern Kentucky University's 1970s origins up through today."—Kentucky Monthly

"Well organized and designed, this book will make students, alumni, and faculty of NKU appreciate the campus and its history all the more."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

University Press of Kentucky

9780813165622 : northern-kentucky-university-schiff-ryan-claypool
156 Pages
$34.95 USD

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