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Zimpher Farewell Focuses on Favorite Things

Those who didn't make it to the farewell reception for President Zimpher can read her speech online as well as get a glimpse of the photos inside a photo album given to her as a parting gift.

Date: 4/29/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-2019
Photos By: Lisa Ventre

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President Nancy L. Zimpher and the university community bid each other farewell at a reception attended by about 500 people in Great Hall at Tangeman University Center on April 28. Zimpher becomes the chancellor of the State University of New York system on June 1.

President Zimpher responds to a standing ovation.

Interim President-Elect Monica Rimai opened the event, concluding her remarks with “I think I speak for the UC community when I say that we will miss you. We will miss your untiring commitment to vision and UC|21, your use of red and black, your 200-something stand- ups each year, your big ideas, your passion for education from birth through career, your attendance at everything, and your optimism and warm smile.” 

Rimai presented Dr. Zimpher with three gifts on behalf of the university community. The first was a red i-Pod nano loaded with UC favorites such as "Christen the Voyage" and the "Alma Mater" along with videos of the president's major university addresses. The second was a photo album highlighting her activities as the 25th president and hand-bound by the UC Libraries Department of Preservation Services. The third, a video tribute to the president, featured comments by university and community leaders and a variety of UC good-byes. Alumni Association Executive Director Myron Hughes surprised the president with yet another gift: a lifetime membership to the association.

Board of Trustees Chairman H.C. (Buck) Niehoff called for a standing ovation for the president, saying "she will always be a Bearcat." Chancellor Eric Fingerhut spoke via video as did Roy Church, the president of Lorain County Community College who has served as co-chair of the Ohio Board of Regents Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council with Dr. Zimpher.  Dr. Church announced that Dr. Zimpher’s higher education friends and colleagues across the state had created a new scholarship in her name through the UC Foundation – one targeted to a transfer student. 

President Zimpher’s farewell remarks, based on a song from The Sound of Music, focused on her “favorite things” at UC. Her remarks and slides can be accessed at:

To view the photos featured in the photo album she received, please see: