Message to Alumni from UC Board of Trustees Chair
This is the first in a series of columns by University of Cincinnati Board Chair Rob Richardson, Jr., CEAS ’02, Law ’05. In February at the age of 37, UC’s former Student Body President became the youngest person to chair the board of trustees in UC’s history and the youngest currently in such a role among the nation’s research-intensive public universities. His board term began in 2008 and runs through 2016.
Because We Love UC
July 5, 2016
As I think about my years as a trustee of my alma mater, I’m struck by three things: 1) How richly I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to become a Bearcat in the first place, and then to join — and now lead — the board; 2) What an amazing institution we have — a united community of people who love what they’re doing and why they’re doing it; and 3) How tremendously bright our collective future is.
UC’s trustees are appointed by Ohio’s governor to oversee and guide the work of the outstanding staff and faculty who actually run the university. This partnership is fueled by the devotion of our nearly 300,000 living alumni, the energy within our 44,000+ students, and the sheer vibrancy of everything UC does, from innovative academic programs and breakthrough research to community service and entrepreneurism.
I listed alumni first because our successful alumni family really provides the proof behind our claim to be a world-class and life-changing institution. Your accomplishments, dedication, support and ongoing engagement with the university are paramount in this unfolding UC success story.
As you know, we’re in a period of transition with the recently announced departure of Santa Ono as UC’s 28th president — the latest in a long line of remarkable leaders. A nationwide search has begun for our next president, and we’re excited by this new opportunity because of how well UC is positioned as we approach the start of our Third Century just three years from now.
In the months ahead, I look forward to sharing with you some perspective on our institutional priorities at this historic time, and hope it offers valuable insight about the future of the university so loved by all of us, her Loyal Children.
Robert E. Richardson, Jr.
UC Board of Trustees