Teller Student Lounge Dedicated at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pictured (left to right): Jerome Teller, Suzanne Teller, Sue Butler, William P. Butler

Faculty, students, administration, Governors, and Overseers gathered on Sunday, October 18, 2010 for the dedication of the new Teller Student Lounge at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.  The Teller Student Lounge is the gift of William P. and Sue Butler in honor of their friends Jerome and Suzanne Teller. 

The Teller Student Lounge features a “Wi-Fi café” complete with wireless internet access; a dining facility that can accommodate small groups or up to 80 people; and expansive open areas conducive to informal meetings, study, reading, or simply gathering with friends.  It is located on the first floor of the Faculty and Student Center, formerly the Sisterhood Dormitory, which now houses offices for faculty, the Cincinnati administrative staff, the Institutional Advancement staff, and student services and activities. 

“We are enormously grateful to Bill and Sue Butler for honoring their friendship with Jerry and Sue Teller by making possible this new state-of-the-art student lounge, which greatly enhances the quality of life for the rabbinical and graduate students on our Cincinnati campus,” said Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President.

Jerry and Sue Teller are devoted supporters of the HUC-JIR/Cincinnati campus and distinguished civic leaders of the Cincinnati community.  A Governor Emeritus of HUC-JIR, Jerry Teller is Senior Partner in the law firm Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild Co., LPA.  He has served as the President of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS); President of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; President of Cedar Village Campus for Jewish Life, where he is still a Board member; Co-chair of the Isaac M. Wise Temple’s Capital/Endowment Campaign; and Co-chair of the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati’s Endowment Campaign.

Jerry Teller has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Way and Community Chest.  He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from HUC-JIR, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Distinguished Service Award, and the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati’s Friedlander Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.  He received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati (1951) and the LL.D. degree from its College of Law (1953). 

Sue Teller has given over 20 years of service to the HUC-JIR Skirball Museum in Cincinnati, including serving as Co-chair of its membership committee.  She is a past President of the Isaac Mayer Wise Temple and past President of Brandeis Women.  She was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer and was the recipient, together with Jerry, of the American Jewish Committee’s Distinguished Service Award on the occasion of the AJC’s 100th anniversary.  The Tellers are the parents of Daniel, Ruth, and Charles and the grandparents of 12 grandchildren.

William P. Butler is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Corporex Companies, LLC, which he founded in 1965.  Under Butler’s leadership, Corporex has evolved into a diverse real estate and investment company with over $1 billion in assets.  The Corporex Family of Companies includes Corporex Capital, LLC, Corporex Realty & Investment Corporation, LLC, Corporex Development & Construction Management, LLC, Commonwealth Hotels, LLC, and Five Seasons Sports Clubs.  Jerry Teller serves on the Board of Corporex Companies.

As a civic leader, Butler is credited with leading efforts toward regionalism.  He is the founder and past Co-Chairman of the Metropolitan Growth Alliance.  In 1981, he chaired the Economic Development Task Force Report for then-Governor, John Y. Brown, Jr., which provided the first vision for Northern Kentucky.  Butler’s work ultimately caused the formation of Vision 2015 and indirectly inspired 360.

Butler’s philanthropic endeavors include founding and serving as a Trustee/Board member of the Life Learning Center and The Butler Foundation.  He also serves as a Board member of the Fine Arts Fund, Marvin Lewis Community Fund, Be-Concerned, Foundation for Family Service, Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Lindner Center of Hope.  He is a member of the Northern Kentucky University Presidential Advisory Council, United Way’s Million Dollar Roundtable, and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

Among the many awards Butler has received are the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by the Kaufmann Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Carl H. Lindner Award for Entrepreneurial and Civic Spirit presented by the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100. He is also a member of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame.


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