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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Northern Kentucky Chamber Honors Jack Moreland with Community Award

NKY Chamber President and CEO Brent Cooper presents the NKY Community Award to Jack Moreland for this nearly 50 years of service to our region.

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The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) recently honored Jack Moreland with its NKY Community Award for his nearly 50 years of service as a leader and educator in the region.

Moreland retired in March from his latest role as the president of Southbank Partners after 11 years leading the community and economic development organization that serves Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Fort Thomas, Ludlow, Newport and Silver Grove.

Moreland also serves as the chairman of the Newport Southbank Bridge Co – better known as the "Purple People Bridge."

Despite being retired, he will remain president of Southbank and in his chairman role with the Purple People Bridge until June 30.

Prior to joining Southbank, Moreland spent 38 years in education. He was the superintendent at Dayton (Ky.) Independent Schools for 19 years and served in the same role, leading Covington Independent Public Schools for eight years. In 1996, he served as the interim president of Northern Kentucky University for one year. He also spent one year as the interim chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He got his start as a science teacher at Dayton (Ky.) High School before ultimately being promoted to principal and superintendent.

"Jack Moreland is one of the most distinguished and recognized educators and leaders in our region for a good reason," NKY Chamber President and CEO Brent Cooper said. "He had a positive impact on countless students during his time as an educator and administrator, and seamlessly transitioned into a leader in community development, showing a unique ability to manage and direct complex organizations everywhere he’s been. Northern Kentucky is lucky to have Jack. We wish him well in retirement and thank him for all he’s done for our community."

Moreland joins the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) as the NKY Chamber’s March Community Award honoree.

Individuals interested in learning more about the NKY Chamber Community Award or in submitting a nomination, should contact Lynn Abeln at

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