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Ron Brown Elected Chair of UC’s Board of Trustees

With completion of Wym Portman’s term as chair, Ron Brown has been elected UC’s new board chair

During the Dec. 17 meeting, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees elected new officers.

Ronald D. Brown was unanimously elected chair for the next year. Geraldine “Ginger” Warner will serve as vice chair, and Thomas E. Mischell will serve as secretary. Their terms in these new roles will begin Jan. 1, 2020.

In his new role as chair, Brown will replace William C. “Wym” Portman III, who has completed a year of service as chair. During Portman’s tenure:

  • UC welcomed its largest-ever first-year class and enjoyed overall record-setting enrollment, which now stands at 46,388.

  • UC’s fall 2019 incoming class are the first to experience the university’s new “Bearcat Promise” – the pledge to students that they will graduate with a career plan in addition to their diploma.

  • With an emphasis on access, affordability and accountability, UC's board approved a tuition guarantee model that provides the incoming Fall 2019 class of undergraduate students continued stability related to educational costs. This means that this new undergraduate class will never know an increase in base tuition when completing four- or five-year degrees.
  • Saw the launch of important student-centered design and construction projects, UC celebrated the opening of the Gardner Neuroscience Institute; the Health Sciences Building and the new Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

  • In its first year, the 1819 Innovation Hub – the nexus for business and industry to partner with faculty and students – supported more than 2,000 ongoing student projects in the MakerSpace, hosted numerous innovation classes and events, welcomed more than 50,000 visitors, is now more than 80 percent leased by corporate and academic innovation partners and has produced a 400 percent increase in startups generated.
  • Celebrated the culmination of campus’ Bicentennial, the never-to-be-repeated moment to celebrate the university’s past, elevate its present and bend the future.

New Board Chair: Ronald D. Brown

Ronald D. Brown

Ronald D. Brown

Ronald D. Brown is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Milacron, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, a leading supplier of plastics processing and industrial fluids technologies with major manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

He has also served as vice chairman and chief operating officer of The Armor Group, a certified woman-owned enterprise, with operations in North America and Asia.

He currently serves as director on two public company boards: A.O. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a global S&P manufacturing company of water treatment and heating products, and LSI Industries, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, a leading provider of lighting, graphics and technology, where he recently served as interim chief executive officer.

Brown also serves on the board of directors of two family-owned businesses: Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Master Fluid Solutions, Perrysburg, Oio. In addition, he serves as an independent trustee for the James Advantage Funds Trust, Alpha, Ohio, a diverse group of mutual funds.

He currently serves on the advisory board of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and is treasurer of the Commercial Club of Cincinnati, a member of Legatus, the Queen City Optimists Club and the Management Executive Society.

Brown's past community service includes serving on the boards of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the American Red Cross, Cincinnati Chapter, having served as its chairman, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Business Committee, as well as chairman of the Steering Committee for Leadership Cincinnati, a development program for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

Brown received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Cincinnat, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law.

He began his term of service with UC's Board in 2018, and his term of service will close in 2027.

Vice Chair: Geraldine B. "Ginger" Warner

Geraldine B. "Ginger" Warner

Geraldine B. "Ginger" Warner

Geraldine B. "Ginger" Warner was appointed to the UC Board of Trustees by Governor John R. Kasich on Feb. 21, 2012. Her term of service expires in 2021.

Warner is a retired attorney having practiced private and corporate law in New York, Maryland, California, and the District of Columbia. She is now the government relations specialist for Hunt Development Corporation, a family business. She is a 1964 graduate of the New York University of Law and did her undergraduate work at Cornell University. 

Since moving to Ohio in 1983, Warner has devoted much of her free time to her passion for the arts. She currently serves on the Ohio Arts Council to which she has been appointed by Ohio's last four governors. Warner has served on the boards or been an active volunteer for many of Cincinnati's major institutions, such as The Cincinnati Symphony, Seven Hills School, Ensemble Theatre, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, The Taft Museum of Art, Caracole, Friends of CCM, the Madisonville Education and Assistance League, and the Association of Volunteers, Children's Hospital Medical Center among others. 

In addition to the Ohio Arts Council, she is currently a member of the boards of The Cleveland Orchestra, The National First Ladies Library, Greenacres Foundation, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and is a commissioner of the Hamilton County Park District. She is a founder of The Harmony Project at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, and Books for Lunch at Seven Hills School. Several years ago, Warner established the Warner Fellowship in Law and Womens’ Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Recently, she established the May Festival Fellowship in Choral Conducting at CCM.

Warner has been recognized with Caracole’s Living Award, by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education for her contribution to the arts in the State of Ohio, and by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a Woman of the Year.

Secretary: Thomas E. Mischell

Thomas E. Mischell

Thomas E. Mischell

Thomas E. Mischell began his service on the UC board in 2016, and his term extends to 2022.

Mischell is the past chair of the UC Foundation Board Audit Committee. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Carl H. Linder College of Business and the Lindner Honors-PLUS Advisory Board. He has served the LCOB Alumni Association as a Board member, on the Business Dean’s Advisory Board, and as a Board member of University Athletic Teams Scholarships (UCATS).

Mischell retired as senior vice president from American Financial Group, Inc. He was with American Financial for over 40 years. Before joining the AFG, he was with Ernst & Ernst. 

Mischell has maintained participation in his community and serves on a number of boards around the city. He is on the Board of Directors of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the Board of Advisors of Horan and Associates. He is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Cincinnati Chapter of Tax Executives Institute, and he has served on The International Board of Directors of Tax Executives Institute and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Shareholders and Corporations Taxation Committee). Mischell also served as Board member and Finance Committee chair of Summit Country Day School and the Speech, Hearing and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati. He is a member of the Leadership Cincinnati Class XXIV and was a Board member for Catholic Inner City Education as well as the St. Rita School for the Deaf.

Mischell is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, having earned a bachelor in business administration in accounting in 1970.

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