On Saturday, UC presented Thomas Cassady with an honorary doctor of letters.
Cassady is a UC graduate with a degree in history who served as member and chairman of the UC Board of Trustees between 2010 and 2019. He is president and CEO of Cincinnati’s USI Midwest, a national insurance brokerage firm. Previously, he served as founder, president and CEO of Queen City Insurance Agency.
“President Pinto, I have the honor to present Mr. Thomas D. Cassady with a degree of doctor of letters honoris causa in recognition of his deep love of the liberal arts, his breakthrough professional success and his unrivalled commitment to this community,” UC Executive Vice President Ryan Hays said in his presentation.
Pinto thanked Cassady for his service and credited him with helping the university reach milestones such as this year’s record-breaking graduating class.
“You embody the highest aspirations of a liberal arts education: a hungry mind, a painter’s eye, a poet’s ear, a humble spirit and, above all, a wise heart,” Pinto said. “A faithful son of the Queen City, you have devoted your life’s journey to making this community a better place to live, learn, grow, connect and care.
“Thomas D. Cassady, your alma mater is richer for your curiosity, your counsel, your optimism and, of course, your example,” Pinto said.