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Life seemed to be slowing down for Tim Schigel last fall. He had just hired a CEO to assume daily operations of ShareThis, his phenomenally successful business whose ubiquitous widget allows its users—more than 600 million worldwide and counting—to easily forward Internet articles while ShareThis gathers reams of data about those users to help advertisers target them. Regular trips between the company’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters and Schigel’s home in Cincinnati would ebb, and he would have more time to spend with his wife and three teenaged kids.
Long-time Cincinnatians might picture Louisville as a down-river little brother, a smaller town with a Reds farm team. But its population of 597,000 in the 2010 census actually dwarfs Cincinnati’s 297,000—thanks to the 2003 merger of Louisville and surrounding Jefferson County. The change has allowed Louisville to trumpet itself as a major population center to prospective businesses and residents, and gives it a bigger share of federal spending.
It’s hard to find anybody in the education world who doesn’t gush about James Votruba, the Northern Kentucky University president who will retire this summer after 15 years on the job. That’s no surprise, given the school’s steady rise during his tenure. Just look at the numbers.