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University of Cincinnati Research Institute Adds Board Members

A banking executive and an expert in startups and venture capital have been named to the UCRI Board of Directors.

Date: 2/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Dama Ewbank
Phone: (513) 558-4519

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) has named Stephanie Smith, vice president of business banking at Fifth Third Bank, and Tony Shipley, chairman of Queen City Angels, to its Board of Directors.

Smith and Shipley become the final two members of UCRI’s nine-member board.

Smith has over 15 years of banking experience and is active within the community. She currently serves as secretary of the Cincinnati State Foundation, treasurer for the Coalition for Sustainable Communities and is a member of the alumni board for the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Smith completed her undergraduate degree at Wright State University and received her master’s in community planning from the University of Cincinnati.

Shipley, founder and former president and CEO of Entek IRD International Corporation, currently serves on the boards of The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Foundation and The Circuit, a Greater Cincinnati Information Technology association. He is the previous chairman of the Ohio IT Alliance and holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee.

“Stephanie and Tony bring wonderful experience to the UCRI Board of Directors,” says William Ball, MD, UC vice president for research and ex-officio member of the UCRI Board. “Stephanie’s leadership at Fifth Third in the development of partnerships with small to medium size industries and Tony’s experience with startups and venture capital financing will be of great help in support of the mission of UCRI.”

The UCRI Board now comprises:

  • Bruce Brown (Board Secretary)
    Chief Technology Officer, Procter & Gamble
  • Lawrence Johnson (Board Vice President)
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Cincinnati
  • Santa Ono (Board President)
    President, University of Cincinnati
  • Mark Pearson
    New Product Development, GE Aviation
  • William (Wym) Portman (Board Treasurer)
    Director, Sustainability, Pon North American, Inc.
  • Rob Richardson
    Construction Market Representative, National LECET
  • Tony Shipley
    Chairman, Queen City Angels
  • Stephanie Smith
    Vice President of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jeff Weedman
    CEO/CBW, Cintrifuse

About UCRI
The University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) serving to connect UC experts to industry partners, facilitate commercialization of research and enhance cooperative and experiential learning experiences for UC students. UCRI is also being used to develop commercial centers, through which faculty will provide services to local, regional and national organizations. For more information, visit