When Santa Ono announced he was leaving the Queen City, feelings were bittersweet. The love for Ono was obvious throughout all of Cincinnati, but I think we are also happy he had the opportunity to return home to the University of British Columbia.
Once Ono announced his departure, the search for a new leader began. In December it was announced: Neville Pinto will be serving as the University of Cincinnati’s 30th President. This month, he will take on this role. If you don’t know Neville Pinto, I promise you’ll want to!
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Education: BS Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi | MS & PhD Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
Who is he?
A university teacher, research, and administrator.
According to his friends—“he’s an outstanding human being” and “a leader’s leader, grounded in integrity and compassion and capable of bringing out the very best in those around him.”
Where’s he coming from?
Pinto is currently the acting president and a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. He’s overseen a major expansion in enrollment, strengthened the university’s relationship with GE, and spearheaded the development of the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research. He’s served as Interim Executive Vice President and University Provost. During this time, he finalized the 21st Century University Plan and strengthened education, student success and access, research and community engagement.
Even though he was born in India, Pinto calls Cincinnati his hometown. His wife is a UC alumnus and his three children grew up here. Pinto served for 26 years on the faculty in chemical engineering at UC. While here, he made major contributions to the university, research, and student body. He established the Adsorption and Ion Exchange Laboratory where he researched purification of genetically engineered drugs, the study of bio-membranes, and air and water purification. This laboratory attracted over $6 million in external research funding. It also trained 32 graduate students, 16 PhD students, and gave countless opportunities to others who have become leaders in their industries.
He served in many administrative roles including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate studies in the College of Engineering, and Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School. While Dean, he was a key component in attracting over $10 million to support graduate and STEM Education.
Why we’re excited
Following in Ono’s footsteps is going to be a challenge. If anyone can do it, it’s Neville Pinot. His strong roots to the University and his care for the student body will make him a successful leader.
If you see President Pinot around campus, introduce yourself, welcome him back, and get ready to have another amazing leader immersed in our campus life.