Thursday, December 17, 2009

UI&U Awarded Salmon Foundation Grant


Award will fund scholarships for Union’s Bachelor of Arts programs

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university dedicated to educating highly motivated adults with delivery models and curricula that best fit an adult’s multi-faceted life, has received a generous grant from the Salmon Foundation, Inc, of New York. The grant will provide much-needed scholarships for several new and current learners attending the Bachelor of Arts program (ADP), at the university’s academic centers in Montpelier and Brattleboro, Vermont.
Learners in the B.A. program can choose to attend brief residencies at one of the university’s Vermont centers, or to complete coursework entirely online, and the flexible course delivery options have attracted learners from across the country and, recently, new learners from Canada and Hong Kong. With support from the Salmon Foundation and others, many adult learners are able to overcome very real financial obstacles that stand between them and a college degree.
The Salmon grant comes during a very difficult economic situation when many private and family foundations have cut funding priorities or ceased their philanthropic giving altogether. The Salmon Foundation has recognized adult education as a critical priority in today’s society, and UI&U is proud to be recognized by the foundation and partner with them in realization of a shared mission and vision.
“Thanks to support from the Salmon Foundation, my financial responsibilities have become a little bit lighter,” said Pamela White of Braintree, VT, who is enrolled in the weekend residency option at the Montpelier Center. “I have to put the time and energy into my degree, but if it weren’t for the Salmon Foundation, the financial burden could still make it impossible to obtain.”
Grant recipients are chosen by the UI&U Bachelor of Arts program administration, in conjunction with the UI&U Office of Financial Aid. For more information about UI&U’s B.A. programs, visit

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

P&G Executive Joins Union's Board of Trustees


CINCINNATI, OH – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university that offers a different approach to adult education through flexible, individualized, and socially relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs, today announced the appointment of Procter & Gamble executive Dr. Shekhar Mitra to its Board of Trustees.

Dr. Mitra is a member of P&G’s top executive team, the Global Leadership Council, and helped forge important partnerships with several countries and with leading institutions. He was on-ground in China for the start of P&G’s global technical center in Beijing, and in India for the strategic partnership with Government of India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).

“Dr. Mitra’s effective and creative leadership has played a pivotal role in P&G’s global innovation programs,” said UI&U President, Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “We are honored that he has chosen to share his experience in innovation and leadership as a member of Union’s board.”

Mitra joined P&G in 1984 as a life scientist and moved up the leadership ranks to Senior Vice President of Global R&D. His contributions include leading the creation and development of technology platforms and innovation strategies that have resulted in well-known consumer products including Crest Whitestrips, Olay Regenerist, ProX, and Prilosec.

Mitra has been awarded 25 patents to date in various fields and today he is an invited speaker on topics ranging from innovation approaches to organization development. His passion lies in enabling younger generation of professionals across all cultures, companies, and businesses to achieve their full potential in the field of science and engineering. Consistent with this, he is the founder and President of the first North American Society for Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE).

In his new role as a trustee of Union Institute & University, Mitra joins 14 national and local trustees including Dr. Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, Dr. Dick Aft, and Tom Gilman, all of Cincinnati.