The Events that Shaped Lindner

Past • Present • Future

Although the Lindner College of Business hasn't been around for 200 years, we've certainly celebrated a number of momentous milestones within our 112-year history. Let's take a walk down memory lane.

Historical image of College of Business students in the early 20th century

UC business students in the early 1900's


  • College of Finance, Commerce & Accounts established
  • Inaugural business co-op student


AACSB accreditation awarded


College of Business Administration established

Historical image of UC business students in the 1950s

UC business students in the 1950's


Inaugural MBA class


Inaugural PhD class


Inaugural Master of Science class


UC Real Estate Center established


Carl H. Lindner Hall is built


Historical image of Oscar Robertson in a UC basketball game, in the air with the basketball

UC business alumnus and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Oscar Robertson

Goering Center for Family and Private Business established


  • Inaugural Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS class
  • UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research established


Inaugural Project Fast Track (Freshman experiential learning model)

Carl H. Lindner Jr. exchanging notes with a Lindner Honors-PLUS student in 1997

Carl H. Lindner Jr. exchanging notes with a Lindner Honors-PLUS student in 1997


Inaugural Business Scholars class (Named after Marvin P. Kolodzik, BBA ’59 in 2008)


Broke into the Top 100 U.S. News & World Report rankings for both the full-time and part-time MBA


  • College named in honor of Carl H. Lindner Jr. for his extraordinary support of the university and his legacy of entrepreneurship and excellence in business
Drew Harmon, BBA '14 (left) with Marvin P. Kolodzik

Marvin P. Kolodzik commending Drew Harmon, BBA '14, a former Kolodzik Business Scholar and finance alumnus (Photo by Madison Schmidt, The News Record)

  • Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management established
  • UC Center for Business Analytics established
  • Business Fellows program established to support underrepresented undergraduate students


Bearcat Launchpad, one of the nation’s first student-led business accelerator programs, takes off


  • 100% online MBA program launched
The Lindner family at the March 2010 Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

The Lindner family at the March 2010 Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

  • Inaugural Circle of Excellence class


Dedicated co-op services within Lindner Career Services debuted


UC Board of Trustees approved a new building for the Lindner College of Business. The new building is supported by an $11 million gift by the family of the late Carl H. Lindner Jr. and American Financial Group,  Inc.

The final steel beam for the new Lindner College of Business building being lowered, with construction personnel in the foreground

The final steel beam for the new Lindner College of Business building being hoisted into position by construction crews


Groundbreaking held for the new four story, 225,000-sq. ft. Lindner College of Business building


Final steel beam placed on the new building, marked by a beam signing celebration

Save the Date!
Grand Opening Celebration
Thursday, September 19, 2019



Current Year in Images (2018)

Former LHP Director Jeri Ricketts (far left) and current Director Dan Gruber (far right) with LHP students on a trip abroad

New Lindner Honors-PLUS Leadership

In January 2018, Daniel Gruber was appointed the new director of the Lindner Honors-PLUS (LHP) program. Former LHP Director, Jeri Ricketts, retired this past August and still continues to serve as an emerita faculty in the department of accounting. Building on LHP’s strong foundation and more than 20 years of excellence, Gruber will continue the program’s tremendous legacy of innovation and aims to co-create its future with current students, alumni, supporters and the Greater Cincinnati business community.


Attendees listen to a presentation at the Lindner Women in Business Leadership Conference

Empowerment Day 2018

The annual Lindner Women in Business Leadership Conference featured presentations by female business leaders and alumni, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Chief Information Officer, Lori Beer; top landspeed motorcycle racer, spokesperson and former Facebook executive, Erin Sills, BA ’88; and more. 


Group photo of Business Fellows students wearing red blazers at The Toast 2018

The Toast 2018

The annual Business Fellows celebration recognized the achievements of this diverse and vibrant community and inducted 24 graduating seniors into the program's alumni society. Check out a recap of this past year’s event.


Two-paneled photo: Dinushki De Livera, left panel, and (left-to-right) Pratan Hegde, Nigel Holmes, Suneeth Nair, and Lakshmi Tejaswy Vuppalapati, right panel

Two UC Teams Earn Top Honors at Ohio Data Visualization Competition

Two Lindner teams were selected to showcase their data-driven artistic skills to attendees of the March 15, 2018 Ohio Women in Analytics Conference in Columbus, Ohio and were awarded first and second place. Lindner alumnus Dinushki De Livera (BBA ’15, MA-Econ ’16) was awarded the first-place prize for her visualization “Women of the City.” The second-place team—Pratan Hegde (MS-IS ’18), Nigel Holmes (MSIS part-time), Suneeth Nair (MS-IS ‘18) and Lakshmi Tejaswy Vuppalapati (MBA ’17)—chose a Kaggle dataset on world happiness to tell a story of how happy (or sad) the people around the world are.


Lindner MS-IS students Hansel D’Souza, Amanda Lopes, Akhil Mudgil, Nikhil Chakravarthy and Kurnool Satyam Singh at the NBCUniversal Analytics Challenge

Lindner MS in Information Systems Students Place 3rd in NBCUniversal Analytics Challenge

At this past April’s AIS (Association for Information Systems) Student Chapter Leadership Conference, Master of Science in Information Systems students Hansel D’Souza, Amanda Lopes, Akhil Mudgil, Nikhil Chakravarthy and Kurnool Satyam Singh took home the third prize for their analysis of how to predict which movies will be a hit or a bust.


Interim Dean Nick Williams signing his name on the final steel beam for the new Carl H. Lindner College of Business building.

Nick Williams Named Interim Dean of the Lindner College of Business

In May 2018, University of Cincinnati Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Kristi A. Nelson, appointed Nicolas (Nick) Williams as interim dean of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, as former Dean David Szymanski transitioned to the University of North Florida where he serves as president. Prior to accepting this role, Williams served as the associate dean of graduate programs at Lindner. Read the full press release.


Attendees listening to a presentation at the 2018 Analytics Summit

7th annual Analytics Summit

Hosted by the UC Center for Business Analytics, the three-day event drew in more than 400 attendees and featured top speakers from companies such as Amazon, Ford Motor Company, NBC Universal, Procter & Gamble and Verizon.


Professor Jane Sojka conducting class, with students listening in the foreground

Local News Features Marketing Professor Jane Sojka and her Innovative Course That’s Changing the Way Women Approach Business

Jane Sojka is changing the way women think about the business world. She has found that resiliency and overcoming fear of failure are teachable skills. Watch her interview with LOCAL 12, WKRC-TV where she discusses how her female students have learned to become confident and also check out her TED-Talk on YouTube.


2018 CBAA recipients pose for a group photo

33rd annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

The Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards, presented by the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Alumni Board of Governors, is Cincinnati’s longest-standing event recognizing achievement in business and service to the community. Learn more about past recipients and explore current sponsorship opportunities for this upcoming 2019 awards reception.


Overhead view of attendees mingling at the 2018 UC Real Estate Dinner

29th annual Real Estate Center Dinner

More than 625 guests gathered to honor industry professionals at the UC Real Estate Center and program's annual flagship event. Learn more about this year’s awardees.


The Bailey section of Nippert Stadium during an FC Cincinnati match, with orange smoke rising above the crowd

Where Passion & Career Unite: FC Cincinnati

For the third straight year, the college was proud to partner with one of Major League Soccer's newest expansion teams, FC Cincinnati, by sponsoring "The Bailey" section. 

(Photo by Hayden Schiff, Flickr)


Attendees listening to a speaker at the 2018 Data Science Symposium

2018 Data Science Symposium

Hosted by the UC Center for Business Analytics, the half-day event drew more than 200 attendees and featured three keynote speakers from Procter & Gamble, Google and MapR Technologies as well as a lunchtime panel discussion. Be sure to join us next year in our new building!



This is a remarkable time to be a Bearcat

This 2018-19 academic year marks the University of Cincinnati's “Boldly Bearcat” Bicentennial, an extraordinary milestone that comes only once in a lifetime and bonds all Bearcats across the centuries.

The University of Cincinnati traces its origins to 1819 when both Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were chartered. 

Join your fellow classmates, alumni and colleagues in celebrating these past 200 years of groundbreaking moments and help us boldly propel the university toward our next 200 years of innovation and achievement.

We are Boldly Bearcat!

Mark your calendar and join UC for the following bicentennial events:

Bicentennial Charter Week and Celebration

January 15-19, 2019

Bicentennial Community Week

April 1-6, 2019

Bicentennial Alumni Celebration

April 4, 2019


October 2019

Bicentennial Signature Celebration

November 9, 2019