Five Area College Presidents to Offer "Advice"
to New HUC-JIR President David Ellenson at 20th Annual Cincinnati
Associates Tribute Dinner
Father Michael J. Graham, S.J., president, Xavier University;
Dr. Joseph A. Steger, president, University of Cincinnati; Sister
Francis Marie Thrailkill, president, The College of Mount Saint
Joseph; Dr. James C. Votruba, president, Northern Kentucky University;
and Dr. Ron D. Wright, president, Cincinnati State Technical and
Community College will offer "Tips on Being a College President
in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky" to newly inaugurated Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion president Rabbi David
Ellenson at the 20th Annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner
to be held on Sunday, November 17, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency.
This unprecedented assembly of five presidents joining together
to pay tribute to a new colleague exemplifies the close relationships
between the local colleges and universities in the Greater Cincinnati/
Northern Kentucky community and is a shining example of how our
city can cross cultures and come together in the spirit of academic
advancement. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 pm followed
by dinner and the lighthearted program at 6:30 pm.
Rabbi David Ellenson, a distinguished rabbi and scholar, dedicated
teacher, and committed leader of the Reform Jewish Movement, has
been the president of HUC-JIR since June 2001. During Rabbi Ellenson's
first year as president he has raised over $30 million in cash and
pledges for the annual and endowments funds at the College-Institute,
he welcomed the largest class of rabbinical students in 20 years,
and he has dealt with the impact that the escalating violence in
Israel has had on the school's Year-In-Israel Program, a requirement
for all first year rabbinical, cantorial, and education students.
Prior to his appointment as president of HUC-JIR, Rabbi Ellenson
had taught Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history
at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR since 1979. He received his
Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981 and was ordained a rabbi
at HUC-JIR's New York School in 1977. He holds masters degrees from
Columbia University, HUC-JIR, and the University of Virginia and
received his bachelors degree from the College of William and Mary
in Virginia in 1969.
Karen M. Hoguet, chief financial officer and senior vice president
of Federated Department Stores, Inc. and H. Jerome Lerner, chairman
of Crane Contractors and owner of HJL Enterprises, serve as co-chairs
of the Tribute Dinner.
The co-chairs of the Corporate Council for the 2002 Tribute Dinner
are Thomas L. Neyer, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Al Neyer, Inc.;
Charlotte R. Otto, Global External Relations Officer, Procter &
Gamble; and James E. Schwab, Cincinnati Market President, U.S. Bank.
The Corporate Council is a group of outstanding corporate leaders
who support the important work of the College-Institute on behalf
of their corporations.
Current members of the Corporate Council, still in formation,
include: John F. Barrett, Western & Southern Financial Group; Leonard
H. Berenfield, Berenfield Containters, Inc.; Thomas G. Cody, Federated
Department Stores, Inc.; William A. Friedlander, Bartlett & Company;
Joe Hale, Cinergy Foundation, Inc.; Robin Harvey, Baker & Hostetler
LLP; Robert L. Hoverson, The Provident Bank; Thomas H. Humes, Great
Traditions Land & Development Co.; Addison Lanier II, Scinet Development
& Holdings, Inc.; Jacqueline Mack, Magellan Travel, Inc.; Joseph
A. Pichler, The Kroger Company; Robert C. Reifsnyder, United Way
& Community Chest; J. David Rosenberg, Keating, Muething & Klekamp,
P.L.L.; George A. Schaefer, Jr., Fifth Third Bank; Dr. Joseph A.
Steger, University of Cincinnati; Richard K. Taulbee, Western &
Southern Financial Group; Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill, The College
of Mt. Saint Joseph; Richard A. Weiland, Richard Consulting Corporation;
Rabbi Michael Zedek, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; and James
M. Zimmerman, Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Founded in Cincinnati in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion is the oldest institution of higher Jewish education
in the western hemisphere and the academic and professional leadership
development center of the Reform Movement. The College-Institute
prepares rabbis, cantors, religious school educators, and Jewish
communal workers at its four campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los
Angeles, and Jerusalem. In addition to training professional leadership
to serve the Jewish community, HUC-JIR's School of Graduate Studies
awards Masters and Doctoral degrees to men and women of all faiths.
For additional information about the Tribute Dinner or the College-Institute,
contact Cathy F. Weinberger, director of development and public
affairs, at (513) 221-1875, ext. 222.