UC Names Pinto To Lead University

Dec 17, 2016

Neville Pinto has been officially tapped to replace Santa Ono as the University of Cincinnati's top leader. Pinto will take over as president in February. Pinto is currently interim president at the University of Louisville.

Pinto was approved during a Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 17. The selection process was conducted with much secrecy leading to criticism from UC's chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Pinto served 26 years at UC as a faculty member and dean before moving on to UofL.

In a statement, UC Board of Trustees chairman-elect Tom Cassady says, "From the outset, it was remarkably clear that Neville Pinto is a leader’s leader, grounded in integrity and compassion and capable of bringing out the very best in those around him."

More on Pinto from the university's statement:

As the acting president of UofL, Pinto led a metropolitan research university with an enrollment of 22,000 students in 11 colleges and schools on three campuses and a downtown Health Sciences Center. As its engineering school dean, Pinto expanded enrollment, initiated the development of a 39-acre research park near the engineering college and built stronger ties to GE. He also led efforts to encourage GE to bring its FirstBuild microfactory to the UofL campus. FirstBuild is a new-product accelerator that rapidly transforms ideas for new products into prototypes for testing. In effect, the center throws open the doors of innovation to anyone with good ideas and gets those good ideas out to market quickly. One of its recent successes is the Opal countertop ice maker.