First Lady

Dr. Jennifer Pinto

President Pinto with First Lady and Family, Madeline (22), Rui (19), and Robert (16) with Bearcat


As summer comes to a close, it’s time to start another year at the University of Cincinnati. This Fall, we are welcoming 5,400 new Freshman to campus. These outstanding students come from all over Ohio (79%), other states (17.5%) and 43 different countries (3.4%). They have an average ACT of 26.3, SAT of 1257 and GPA of 3.61. With a talented group like this, we are bound to have a great year!

Last year, I had the opportunity to meet and get to know many students and learned more about how I can assist them on their journey. My First Lady initiatives will continue to focus on student wellness and success. I will be collaborating with the Student Wellness Center, the Bearcat Pantry/ Bearcat Career Closet and others. Please visit the current activities section on this site to learn more about my involvement with these organizations.

Here’s to a successful year and I look forward to seeing you around campus!




Dr. Jennifer Pinto brings both experience in mental health and a passion for helping students to her role as First Lady.  Dr. Pinto earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and her doctorate from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. She completed her internship at UC's Counseling Center and her post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Psychiatry. She previously had a small private practice with a focus on Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients.

Dr. Pinto enjoys reading, creative writing, and attending CCM’s musical theatre productions. She is also an active member of the Women's Club of the University of Cincinnati. President and Dr. Pinto have three children; Madeline (22), Rui (19), and Robert (16).

President and Dr. Pinto riding in a convertible as marshals for the inauguration parade




Current Activities

Dr. Jennifer Pinto currently has several initiatives that she is focusing her energy on.



Student Wellness

Dr. Pinto is working closely with the Student Wellness Center to assist with their Stress Less Fest.






Please join the First Lady in taking a mental break during the stress of finals at some of the great events happening on campus for Stress Less Fest. On Thursday, April 19th from 9pm-Midnight the President and First Lady will be at center court serving pancakes. Make sure to take a break from all that studying and join them for breakfast food, games and exciting activities at Pancakes with the Pintos!




The Bearcat Career Closet 

Stay tuned for this exciting new initiative!



Deaf Awareness

Deaf History Week
The week of April 9th, 2018.

This years Deaf History Week here at the University of Cincinnati was a success! 

Deaf Studies Lunch and Learn
Teaching the Bearcat how to sign Bearcat
Dr. Pinto with Dr. Amy June Rowley
Signing with the ASL Club
Students at ASL Booth in the TUC
Students at the ASL Booth in the TUC
Singing an applause for speaker Dr. Rowley
Dr. Pinto giving opening remarks to welcome speaker Dr. Rowley



The Bearcat Pantry

The UC Bearcat Pantry provides free food, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to students with food and other insecurities. The pantry also provides meal vouchers that can be used at campus dining halls. The pantry is meant to provide supplemental support which means we do not supply enough food to completely eradicate food insecurity. 

Dr. Pinto works to collect items for the Bearcat Pantry at select presidential events. This spring she asked attendees invited to the President's Suite for home basketball games to donate items. The response was inspiring! She was also able to collect several bags of items from members of the Women's Club of the University of Cincinnati at one of their monthly meetings. 

Stocked food pantry
Dr. Pinto in front of a stocked food pantry
Dr. Pinto infront of food collected for the Bearcat Pantry
Bearcat Pantry





President Pinto and his wife Dr. Jennifer Pinto at inauguration ceremony