Heather Crabbe serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and is an ’07 alumna of NKU Chase. Heather is a lifelong resident of Kentucky who attended Western Kentucky University (WKU) for her undergraduate studies where she was involved with several organizations, including: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, and the National Association of Black Accountants. She graduated cum laude from WKU, receiving a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Human Resource Management and Economics. She then attended NKU Chase College of Law where she was a Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) scholar. Heather was active in the Black Law Students Association, Legal Association of Women, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team.
Heather accepted a position with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy after graduating from NKU Chase, where she served as a public defender for six years. She represented indigent clients charged with anything from misdemeanor theft to capital murder. During her tenure as a public defender, Heather served as a mentor for several law students who were interested in practicing criminal law upon passing the bar examination. She also mentored several undergraduate students through her work as an adjunct professor. Heather enjoyed working with students so much that she decided to do it on a full-time basis and joined the NKU Chase administration as an outreach officer, working with career services and admissions. She became the Assistant Dean of Students for the law school in 2015. In 2017, she received the “On the Rise − Top 40 Young Lawyers Award” from the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. The award is presented to forty young lawyers across the nation in recognition of their professional achievements, innovations, and proven leadership abilities.
Heather has been involved with several community based organizations, including having served as a mentor for the War Memorial Boys and Girls Club in Bowling Green, KY, and as a big sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Greater Cincinnati.