The Presidential Search Committee at Mount St. Joseph has appointed executive search firm DHR International to assist in the search for a successor to Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill, who is retiring in June.

During her 20-year leadership, the Mount’s endowment grew from $3 million in 1987 to more than $22 million, and it moved into a fully coeducational college serving traditional, adult and graduate students.

Graduate studies grew with the addition of Master of Nursing, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and TEAM, an accelerated master’s degree program in education that combines courses with apprenticeship in Cincinnati Public Schools. The Mount also became the first private college in Ohio to offer a doctoral program in physical therapy.

Sister Thrailkill also led the largest campus renovation and expansion project since the 1960s, kept the college budget balanced and oversaw the “Vision 2000” Campaign and the “Building Excitement” Campaign, which raised more than $24 million for new academic programs, student scholarships and facilities.
Arnie Miller, head of the Geology Department at The University of Cincinnati, was named a Centennial Fellow by the Paleontological Society. Miller’s major grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation in the 1990s have led to extensive publication of his research. U.C.’s paleontology program, ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, will host the quadrennial 2009 North American Paleontological Conference.

Miami University Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Gary Lorigan received a grant of nearly $1.4 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (part of the National Institutes of Health) for a study of new methods for probing the structure of membrane proteins. He was also awarded a $121,000 grant from the American Heart Association for a study of a membrane protein directly related to heart disease.

Northern Kentucky University’s Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society was the only chapter among 451 global entries to receive an International Research Advancement Award for establishing the Northern Kentucky Nursing Research Collaborative. The collaborative is designed to advance nursing research by linking hospitals and medical practices with local universities and schools.

Marcia Baxter-Magolda, distinguished professor of educational leadership at Miami University, received the Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, presented for outstanding contribution to research advancing higher education. Baxter-Magolda is the author of six books as well as 31 articles in major publications.

U.S. News & World Report published a list of the best high schools in the nation, and three Cincinnati schools were among four Ohio schools in the top 100: Walnut Hills High School at No. 3, Indian Hill High School at No. 48, and Wyoming High School at No. 81. To make the list, schools must provide a good education across their entire student bodies and prepare students for postsecondary opportunities.
The regional Strive! education initiative and its partners awarded the first Stage Two Endorsements to two local chapters of Success By 6®, a coalition concerned with the well-being of children under age 6. Newport Success by 6® increased the percentage of children prepared to enter kindergarten in public schools from 65 percent to 88 percent. Success By 6® in Hamilton County has developed an endorsed plan to increase — from only 44 percent — the percentage of children who are ready for kindergarten when they enter Cincinnati Public Schools.
A $1 million gift from Ellen and the late George Rieveschl will support the work of professor emeritus Robert Smith, MD on Type 2 Diabetes research at the U.C. College of Medicine.

U.C. Professor of Communications Gail Fairhurst received the Book of the Year award by the National Communication Association’s organizational communication division for her book Discursive Leadership: In Conversation with Leadership Psychology.