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UC announces spring commencement speaker

Sandra Heimann (Source: University of Cincinnati) Sandra Heimann (Source: University of Cincinnati)

The University of Cincinnati has announced the speaker for its commencement ceremonies on April 27.

Sandra Heimann, vice president of American Financial Group, vice president of American Money Management and vice president of Great American Insurance Company, will address graduates at during ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in Fifth Third Arena.

Heimann will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the afternoon ceremony. The honorary degree represents the highest award from the University of Cincinnati.

Heimann was one of the first women in Cincinnati to become a corporate officer. She began her career in 1959 and became American Financial Corporation Assistant Secretary in 1961 and secretary in 1967. At that time, American Financial had assets of $40 million and earnings of $750,000. Today the company has assets in excess of $35 billion and earnings of nearly $500 million.

Heimann served a nine-year term on UC's Board of Trustees from 2003-12 and was elected chairperson for the last two years of her term. She has served on numerous boards and search committees across the university including the Board of Directors for UC Health; advisory board of the UC Medical Center Fund; the UC Foundation Board of Trustees; and the UCATS Board of Trustees.

Heimann attended UC and both her husband and daughter, Paige, are graduates.

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