UC Alumni Association names top alumni award winners

5 UC alumni to receive highest honors at April 4 event

The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its highest honors for UC alumni. This year’s honorees include:

  • Carl H. Lindner III, Bus ’75, Hon ’16; S.Craig Lindner, Bus ’77, Hon ’16
  • Kimberlee J. Dobbs, CECH ’78
  • Harrison Blackmond, Jr., CAHS ’70, ’71
  • William J. Mulvihill, Jr., CEAS ’01, Bus ’02

Each year, the UC Alumni Association honors a select few of its more than 300,000 alumni based on their career accomplishments and contributions to the university and community, recognizing them during Alumni Weekend festivities each spring.

“It’s fitting that we should have such a spectacular group of alumni honorees during UC’s Bicentennial year,” said Jennifer Heisey, executive director of the UC Alumni Association and vice president of alumni relations for the UC Foundation. “Collectively, they’re known for their leadership in business and education, serving in professional and volunteer capacities, affecting Greater Cincinnati and well beyond. They have been keenly dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for members of the community and improving the quality of education for our children. And they have demonstrated great love for their university in many ways, altering the trajectory of countless lives. We’re proud to have these amazing Bearcats representing our UC alumni family at this special time.”

About the honorees:

Carl H. Lindner III, LCOB ’75, Hon ’16; S. Craig Lindner, LCOB ’77, Hon ’16 – William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement

Craig and Carl Lindner at AFG.

Renowned businessmen and philanthropists Carl H. Lindner III and S. Craig Lindner have set a standard for combining great success in corporate life with an unerring dedication to serving their community — both local and global. Co-presidents, co-CEOs and directors of American Financial Group (AFG), the Lindners began their careers with the company as UC students doing co-op work at the company begun by their father, Carl H. Lindner, Jr. In addition to leading AFG’s insurance division, the Great American Insurance Company, Carl supports numerous charities focused on promoting education, assisting at-risk children, and supporting international Christian ministry. He is also the majority owner and CEO of Major League Soccer club FC Cincinnati. Craig leads Great American Insurance Group Annuities, the division engaged in annuity sales in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. His dedication to advancing research, improving care, and removing the stigma of mental illness led to the establishment of the Lindner Center of HOPE, a nonprofit psychiatric treatment facility with an affiliated addiction-treatment center jointly operated by the Lindner Foundation and UC Health. The Lindners were instrumental in developing the new $120 million home of the Lindner College of Business at their alma mater, and have long been major supporters of UC Athletics and the UC Medical Center, among many other initiatives.

Kimberlee J. Dobbs, CECH ’78 – Distinguished Service Award

A 30-year teaching career reflects the importance Dobbs places on education, while her indefatigable volunteer spirit supercharges her desire to enhance her beloved alma mater. She has served many years on the CECH Dean’s Advisory Council; devoted herself to various causes within UC Athletics; created three scholarships along with her late husband, Bob; and even written a pair of children’s books about UC. Now as a co-chair of the UC Bicentennial, she has redoubled her efforts and commitment to the university with her vision fixed as intently on UC’s next 200 years as on celebrating its first 200. 

Harrison Blackmond, Jr., CAHS ’70, ’71 – Mosaic Award

After leading student-driven efforts to embed civil rights progress in the fabric of university life, Blackmond embarked on a career dedicated to education reform, especially in urban communities. In various organizations and leadership roles, he led efforts to increase educational choices available to low-income families in his native Detroit; advocated for transforming the educational system largely through coalition-building and legislative policy; and worked tenaciously to see children’s needs remain central to the decision-making process. He has always sought to provide children with access to the quality public education they deserve, regardless of labels they may carry or barriers they may face.

William J. Mulvihill, Jr., CEAS ’01, LCOB ’02 – Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

As managing director of U.S. Bancorp’s Sports & Entertainment Group, Mulvihill oversees the implementation of the company’s strategy to provide unique stadium financing plans directly to clients, including NFL, NBA, MLB and MLS teams. As stadium financing moves increasingly to the private sector and relies less on public funding, he has been able to draw on his experience in Washington, D.C. helping legislators craft landmark tax policy and navigate economic issues, and in Chicago as a financial services senior economist, to develop comprehensive solutions that meet the needs of his clients and their communities.

2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards

  • College of Allied Health Sciences – Thomas J. Herrmann, EdD, CECH, 77, ’86, Univ ’95, CAHS ’97
  • College of Arts and Sciences – Janet G. Abaray, A&S ’79, Law ’82  
  • Blue Ash College – John D. Winstel, UCBA ’91, LCOB ’93  
  • Carl H. Lindner College of Business – Kirk L. Perry, LCOB ’90, Hon ’15
  • Clermont College – Diana C. Williams, Cler ’14
  • College-Conservatory of Music – Betsey S. Nuseibeh, CCM ’02, CECH ’07
  • College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning – Beverly H. Erschell, DAAP ’69, ’71
  • College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services – Sheriff James C. Neil, Jr., Univ ’78, CECH ’80, ’84
  • College of Engineering & Applied Science – Ray L. Brooks, CEAS ’83
  • College of Law – Thomas L. Cuni, A&S ’69, Law ’75
  • College of Medicine – Christopher J. Cooper, M.D., Med ’88
  • College of Nursing – Wanda O. Wilson, PhD, Eve ’86, Nur ’92, ’94, ’98
  • James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy – Rebecca S. Finley, PharmD, Pharm ’77, ’79
  • UC Athletics – Timothy O. Brown, DAAP ’05

Presenting sponsors of the UC Bicentennial Alumni Celebration are Phil and Lela Collins, and Nationwide Insurance.

Visit alumni.uc.edu/celebration for more information about the honorees and the UC Bicentennial Alumni Celebration.

About the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association
The UC Alumni Association (UCAA) represents and serves UC’s more than 300,000 alumni worldwide, helping them maintain a lifetime connection to each other and their alma mater. The UCAA staff and volunteers work to provide year-round opportunities for networking, continuing education and professional development.

These five honorees, along with 14 college-specific award recipients, will be recognized at the 2019 UC Bicentennial Alumni Celebration on Thursday, April 4, 2019, to be held in the recently renovated Fifth Third Arena on the UC campus. Individual tickets may be purchased for $100 and table sponsorships start at $1,500; visit alumni.uc.edu/celebration/registration. Please contact Sarah Barnard or 513-556-2078 to learn more.