Earlier this week the Board of Trustees appointed me Interim President of the University of Cincinnati. I join the Trustees in conveying my admiration and appreciation to our former President, Gregory H. Williams, for his countless contributions to UC. He taught us to dream big, to think strategically and to work collaboratively, and the University is better because of his leadership. I wish him the very best.
I write to reassure you that this recent transition in leadership in no way jeopardizes our ability to educate, serve and work with you. In my former role as Provost, I strived to place students at the center of all that we do. On a weekly basis, I collaborated with student leaders, met with student groups, attended student events and tweeted with scores of you (please feel free to follow me @provostono). As Interim President, I look forward to both broadening and deepening my engagement with you. After all, you are the reason we are here—there is no UC without you. Know that each and every one of you matters dearly to me, and I will work tirelessly on your behalf.
I am a student-centered, faculty-driven leader who wakes up every morning feeling blessed to be part of an academic community that is dedicated to transforming the lives of young people. And I am delighted to say that our new Interim Provost, Larry Johnson, shares this same dedication and drive. Together, we want to partner with you to aim higher and reach farther than ever before.
I am incredibly honored and energized to serve as your Interim President. I promise to make the Bearcat Nation proud. Here’s wishing you the very best for the new academic year #HottestCollegeinAmerica.
Santa J. Ono