By: Alex Temple, Benjamin Gettler Papers Project Archivist
I’ve mentioned before that Benjamin Gettler served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Cincinnati, but I haven’t really talked about how he got there or what that means. In short, the Board of Trustees is the governing body of the University of Cincinnati. There are 11 members total, who are recommended by the Ohio State Senate and appointed by the Governor of Ohio. Among other responsibilities, they select and appoint the university president, set the university budget, and grant all degrees from the university. The trustees set the framework for students’ experience at the University of Cincinnati, as they also are responsible for setting the tuition and approving university rules, curricula, and programs. Gettler himself was key to the creation of the Judaic Studies Department.
Gettler was first recommended as a trustee to Governor George Voinovich by legislator Stanley Aronoff in October of 1992. Aronoff lauded Gettler’s commitment to the Republican Party (Voinovich was a Republican governor) and business prowess, but it wasn’t until November of 1993 after a second recommendation from Bob Taft, that Voinovich would finally appoint Gettler. Taft’s recommendation better highlighted Gettler’s qualifications as both a University of Cincinnati alumnus and significant donor. Taft also praised his experience in law, finance, community service, and business in addition to his supportive activities with the Republican Party in local, state, and national issues. He also put his own reputation on the line by making the recommendation out of personal familiarity with Gettler. Continue reading Benjamin Gettler and the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees