February 10, 2009
To: University of Cincinnati Community
From: H.C. Buck Niehoff
University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees
The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees congratulates Nancy Zimpher on her appointment as Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The chancellorship presents exceptional challenges as well as the opportunity to influence the future of American higher education by leading the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the United States. In our association with Dr. Zimpher, we have learned that she accepts challenge forthrightly and with an admirable array of skills. Obviously, this aptitude and her record of success here were very attractive to New York.
There is no question that the University of Cincinnati has benefitted from Dr. Zimpher's leadership. We had hoped to enjoy her continued leadership but understand and appreciate her interest in this new opportunity. Because of Dr. Zimpher's efforts, however, the University of Cincinnati is positioned for future success. It is time to begin steps that will lead to the selection of our next president.
The Board of Trustees will immediately initiate a transition process. This will involve actions to ensure mission continuity, including the identification of an interim president to be in place upon President Zimpher's departure, which will tentatively occur on June 1, 2009. We will convene a search committee to select our next president as described in University Rule 10-6-01. As this transition proceeds, you will be kept informed of progress and of opportunities to become involved in the transition.