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Business Alum Earns Prestigious Community Development Fellowship at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Submitted: 10/19/2010 15:54:54
  • UC MBA graduate Tova Suddarth has been selected for the 2011 Haile Fellowship, a two-year internship designed to grow the non-profit sector in the Greater Cincinnati region.

University of Cincinnati (UC) alumna, Tova Suddarth, MBA '09, looks forward to making Cincinnati a better place through her fellowship with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF). "I am proud that I have been given this opportunity to be a part of the process of creating a better community through the help of the people in each neighborhood and from the remarkable organizations that are committed to the city they are a part of," Suddarth says.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the GCF, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and UC, the Haile Fellowship exists to provide hands-on experience at GCF as a member of its grant-making staff in arts and culture, community development, education, or human services, paralleling the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation's priority giving areas. 

"We are thrilled to be able to support this important initiative," says Eric Avner, who oversees this program for the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation. "As our world changes, we are looking for fresh perspectives and new ideas. We believe the Haile Fellowship gives emerging leaders like Tova an opportunity to help shape our community's dialogue."

To further develop fellows as emerging professionals in the philanthropic, nonprofit and public sectors, the program includes a stint with a nonprofit agency as well as specialized professional development opportunities. The program also encourages the design of a special project that advances knowledge of a specific topic or community initiative.

Suddarth recently completed an internship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She left a career in advertising and marketing in Milwaukee, WI to pursue her master's degree at UC and her interest in the nonprofit field.

"The University of Cincinnati is proud to have one of our recent MBA graduates, Tova Suddarth, selected as the next Haile Fellow at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation," says UC President Gregory H. Williams. "We are grateful that the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation has chosen UC to be a continuing partner in this program to develop young professionals considering a career in the philanthropic sector."

Professors remarked at Suddarth's strong impact in and out of the classroom. "I have witnessed first hand Tova's talent and enthusiasm for not only precise and thorough preparation for a deliberate task, but her ability to adapt and think on her feet in emergent situations," notes Charles H. Matthews, PhD, management professor in the UC College of Business. "We are fortunate to have her talents in Cincinnati."