William Hunt, former First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Criminal Chief at the U.S. Attorneys Office, joined Dinsmore & Shohl. He will serve the firm as of counsel in the white-collar crime group.

Frost Brown Todd Member-in-Charge Jill P. Meyer has been appointed by Hamilton County Probate Court Judge James Cissell to the Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services. Her appointment commenced on Jan. 14 for a term of four years.

Thompson Hine LLP was named one of the top two law firms in the country for client service and the only firm ranked in the top tier for "Provides Value for the Dollar," according to the 2011 BTI Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance. The independent report evaluates law firm performance based on client feedback from general counsel and executives across the country.

Chris Bowman and Shanda Spurlock joined Dinsmore & Shohl's litigation department. Bowman joins the firm as of counsel in the sports and entertainment practice group, and Spurlock focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and transactions.
Nathan Long, Ed. D., has been named president of The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences by the college's Board of Directors. Long has been part of The Christ College since 2004, serving as interim president, academic dean in the division of general education and instructional support services, and as assistant professor of general education.

Local financial leader and community advocate R. Michael Prescott joined U.S. Bank as Cincinnati market president and will oversee all of the bank's activities and commercial lending efforts in the region. A 24-year financial veteran, Prescott came from the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, where he served as executive director.

Sharone Hoard joined First Financial Bank as a mortgage loan originator at the Northgate banking center, located at 3530 Springdale Road. Hoard, a resident of Fairfield, has more than 32 years of industry experience and serves as a member of the Colerain Township Business Association, Tri-State Business Networking and the Vineyard in Tri-County.

Renee E. Hargrove was named director of business administration at DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Greater Cincinnati's newest Catholic high school. DePaul Cristo Rey, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, will offer underserved students in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky the opportunity for a strong college preparatory education in a Catholic setting and will welcome its first freshman class in June.

Northern Kentucky University announced that Dr. Richard H. Kolbe accepted the position of dean of the NKU Haile/US Bank College of Business, effective June 1. Kolbe comes to NKU from Kent State University, where he has served in various roles since 1992, most recently as associate dean for faculty in the Kent State College of Business.

Antonelli College announced the promotion of Beth Feichtner to dean of students for the downtown and West Chester locations. Feichtner previously served as the chair of the general education department and was the 2010 Antonelli College (Ohio) Instructor of the Year.

Frank Cullen, a University of Cincinnati distinguished research professor of criminal justice, is one of 18 national experts to serve on the newly created Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Science Advisory Board, which aims to bridge the divide between research and practice in the field of criminal justice. Cullen is a past president of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

The Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law National Trial Team won the Kentucky Mock Trial Competition hosted by the University of Louisville Nov. 13-14. The team of Lawrence Hilton, John Milligan, Sean Pharr and Danielle Reesor won the competition, defeating teams from the University of Kentucky College of Law and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.