The University of Cincinnati Foundation

The University of Cincinnati Foundation

Notable Alumnus to Lead UC Diversity and Inclusion Funding Efforts

Former UC Alumni Association Executive Director Myron Hughes takes on elevated role

CINCINNATI – Jan. 13, 2014 – The University of Cincinnati (UC) Foundation has promoted UC alumnus and senior leader, Myron Hughes, as its new Senior Associate Vice President of Development for Diversity and Inclusion.

In this newly created role, Hughes will be responsible for strengthening relationships with diverse alumni and raising philanthropic support for diversity and inclusion efforts across the institution—everything from scholarships and faculty support to programming and professional development.

“Myron truly understands our campus-wide commitment to building a more robust resource base for diversity and inclusion,” said President Santa J. Ono. “I look forward to partnering with him and our new Chief Diversity Officer to accelerate our progress on UC’s Diversity Plan.”

Hughes has served as Executive Director of the UC Alumni Association since 2008, leading a team of professionals responsible for engaging nearly 300,000 alumni worldwide. Prior to leading the Alumni Association, Hughes excelled in an economic development career, including seven years with the then-Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce (now the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber), where he was manager of national marketing, responsible for recruiting business development prospects to Cincinnati. He also worked as downtown division manager for the Cincinnati Department of Economic Development before taking leadership roles with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and the Memphis Center City Commission. While in Memphis, Hughes helped establish the organization’s first Minority Business Enterprise participation and monitoring program. More recently, he provided leadership to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, where he was vice president of economic development.

“Myron is an expert in forging both individual and community relationships, and he’s a proven leader in all that he does,” said Rod Grabowski, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. “His enthusiasm and expertise in these areas will boost our engagement and fundraising efforts to new levels, generating vital support for UC’s growing diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Hughes serves on numerous boards and committees at UC and throughout the Greater Cincinnati community. He and his wife, Sherry Hughes, a WCPO-TV Meteorologist, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.


About the University of Cincinnati Foundation
Established in 1975 as the private-sector fund-raising entity for the University of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Foundation exists to advance the futures of the University, its colleges, units, departments, faculty, and students through philanthropy. The Foundation was established in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and has the Internal Revenue Service identification number 31-0896555. Gifts to UC through The University of Cincinnati Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.

About the University of Cincinnati
Ranked by the National Science Foundation among the top 25 public research universities in the United States, the University of Cincinnati is the region’s largest employer, with a diverse student population of more than 42,000. UC's faculty has distinguished themselves worldwide for their creative teaching and research, including members of the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine and winners of Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prizes. The University’s 14 Colleges set the foundation for a university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research. U.S. News has described UC as one of 15 “up and coming” universities and Forbes Magazine named UC one of the world’s most beautiful campuses.


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