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Lynnette M. Heard, M.Ed.

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What do you do in your new position at the University of Cincinnati?
I assist the UC Foundation President—Rod Grabowski—in leading, organizing, and overseeing planning, strategies and operations of the UC Foundation Board of Trustees.

What do you like best about this job?
For the past 20 years, my career as a board professional has equipped me to ensure the success of boards in higher education. With a focus on the core mission of boards and their governance roles, I am gratified when extraordinary leaders work to improve the lives of students, faculty and staff of institutions of higher education. It is a privilege to my alma mater because U.C. prepared me well for a great and successful career. I am a proud UC alum who feels like Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" because there is no place like home. I have ruby red slippers in my office.
What's great about living/working in Cincinnati? 
Living and working in the Greater Cincinnati region is the best of both worlds. The community is willing to open its arms to new people and encourage their involvement. More importantly, this area was a GREAT place to raise our three sons who are very successful in their own lives.  
What part of town do you live in, and what do you most like about the neighborhood in which you live? 
About 23 years ago, we moved from northwest Dayton to West Chester (Beckett Ridge area). My husband’s job is in downtown Cincinnati, and I commuted to Dayton for those years. West Chester was the “perfect” half-way location for us. We LOVE the sense of this growing and diverse community along with its stunning economic growth, proximity to our hometown of Dayton, the strong and vibrant Lakota School District, along with many great recreational venues. It truly has become a great home for us.

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Job Title: Director of Foundation Board Relations
Company: University of Cincinnati
College: , University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH – B.S. Education | 
Wright State University, Dayton, OH – M.Ed. Higher Education Administration (Student Affairs) | 
Notre Dame University – CASE Institute

Bleuzette Marshall

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Bleuzette Marshall Named UC Chief Diversity Officer

A nationwide search has led to the appointment of a veteran UC administrator to leadership of the university’s diversity efforts.

University of Cincinnati President Santa J. Ono has appointed Bleuzette Marshall as UC’s Chief Diversity Officer, effectively immediately. Marshall, who holds three degrees from UC, including a Ph.D. in educational studies, will serve on the President’s Cabinet and the President’s Executive Committee. 

“Since assuming the role of Interim Chief Diversity Officer in January 2013, Dr. Marshall has worked tirelessly to build enduring relationships across the institution as well as within the broader community,” Ono said. “In the process, she has developed an unmatched understanding of the university’s opportunities, issues and organizational dynamics. Every step of the way, she has proven herself to be a gifted listener, a strategic thinker and, most importantly, a trusted partner. I am confident that Dr. Marshall will take our diversity and inclusion efforts to the next level.”

A University of Cincinnati alumna, Marshall has worked at UC and the UC Foundation for nearly 21 years, starting in Ethnic Programs and Services, at the African American Cultural and Resource Center, and in development at the UC Foundation. Since 2004, her work at the Foundation has taken her from Director of Development to Senior Director of Development. Since the inception of the position of Chief Diversity Officer in 2007, she has assisted that office and the President’s Diversity Council.

“As a respected member of the UC administration with more than two decades of experience in advancement, alumni affairs, diversity and inclusion, facilitation, organizational development, project management, student affairs and teaching, Bleuzette has gained an awareness of UC culture that will be essential in moving our university forward as we continue to implement the Diversity Plan,” Ono said.

Ono noted that Marshall had led several successful fundraising initiatives benefiting the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, developed an affinity-based giving program for African American alumni, and served as a key organizer of the Onyx & Ruby Gala—a formal recognition ceremony honoring distinguished alumni of color. She also developed a system of accountability to enhance diversity and inclusiveness practices throughout the university, designed and co-chaired the university-wide diversity conference for three years, and conducted and analyzed a university-wide diversity assessment.

“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to serve my alma mater in such a meaningful way and am excited by the possibilities that lie ahead to better our best. I look forward to continuing my work with university and community members to make UC the model of inclusive excellence,” Marshall said.  

On January 20, Marshall was honored with the King Legacy Award at the 39th annual King Legacy Awards Breakfast hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at the Freedom Center. 

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Job Title: Chief Diversity Officer
Company: University of Cincinnati
College: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

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