Thursday, December 6, 2007

Union Institute & University Appoints Three New Members to Board of Trustees

Cincinmati, OH--Union Institute & University (UI&U) Board of Trustees Chair Cheryl Foley recently announced the election of Thomas A. Gilman, Dr. Hanmin Liu, and Larry C. Spears to UI&U’s Board.

“The appointment of these outstanding leaders is a clear indication that Union is on to great things. Each new member brings a valuable experience and specific expertise to the Board, and their efforts to help their communities emulates the Union’s mission and vision wonderfully,” said Roger Sublett, president of UI&U.

Thomas A. Gilman, a Cincinnati-based executive and entrepreneur, is the owner and CEO of Baldwin Gilman LLC, a nationally-recognized professional and executive search firm that places individuals in career positions based on compatibility with organizational values and cultures.

Prior to purchasing Baldwin Gilman, he worked for more than three decades at Deloitte, a leading professional services firm where he played an integral role in acquiring and integrating two smaller consulting firms and helped develop, launch, and manage the firm’s mid-market consulting practice. He retired from Deloitte as the deputy managing director of its consulting practice.

Gilman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Miami University and served on the school’s Business Advisory Committee. His expertise will serve the trustees in their efforts to focus on budget management.

A UI&U doctoral alumnus, Dr. Hanmin Liu brings a long history of leadership and community engagement and activism to the Board.

After graduating from UI&U in 1978, Dr. Liu founded the United States/China Educational Institute, an organization dedicated to “improving health, education, and youth services” in the United States and China.

In 1997, he furthered his vision by creating the Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco, an organization aimed at working with communities to help build a strong sense of identity through self-organized activities for young people and families.

Dr. Liu also holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the New York University School of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors.

Larry Spears, senior fellow and president emeritus of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, recently stepped down from his position as president and CEO of the center, where he served for more than 16 years. Spears was previously the managing director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, a cooperative association of 12 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. He also served as a staff member with the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Philadelphia Center and with the Quaker magazine, Friends Journal, in Philadelphia, PA.

Spears is also a nationally known writer, editor, and speaker on leadership. Since 1970 he has published more than 300 articles, essays and book reviews, including many for in-house publications. He is senior editor of the Greenleaf Center’s newsletter, The Servant Leader. Spears has also been interviewed by numerous publications, including: Fortune, the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, and Advancing Philanthropy. A February 2004 television broadcast interview of Spears by Stone Philips on NBC’s Dateline was seen by ten million viewers.

His 30 years of experience in organizational leadership, entrepreneurial development, non-profit management, and grant writing will be of great benefit to UI&U.

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