Lee Ann Liska is now executive director and senior vice president of University Hospital. Having served as vice president and executive operations director since 2004, she now oversee operations at the hospital and teaching institution that treats more than 500,000 patients each year on an operating budget of $550 million.

Part of the Health Alliance, University Hospital has Greater Cincinnati’s only adult Level I Trauma Center, accredited helicopter-ambulance service and multi-solid organ transplant center.

“We’re exploring closer relationships with our strategic partners, including the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,” she says.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Xavier University’s part-time MBA program as one of the best in the nation for the third year in a row. Xavier placed 16th and is the only part-time MBA program recognized in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky.

The University of Cincinnati alumnus Earl Hamner, author and creator of the TV series The Waltons, received an Honorary Doctor of Performing Arts Degree during UC’s commencement ceremony. Hamner, who graduated in 1948 from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, also narrated the series.

Douglas Knehans, an award-winning composer and former administrator at the University of Tasmania in Australia, is the new dean of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. “The University has attracted a bold and imaginative leader to be at the helm of one of its premier colleges,” says Anthony J. Perzigian, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UC.

Northern Kentucky University nursing graduate Judi Frerick represented NKU to speak at a forum on graduate education hosted by the Council of Graduate Schools, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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