University of Cincinnati Named Center for Excellence


COLUMBUS, OH, Oct. 20, 2011 Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro, joined by University of Cincinnati President Gregory H. Williams, today named the University of Cincinnati’s University of Cincinnati’s Center for Design and Innovation as an Ohio Center of Excellence in Cultural and Societal Transformation. The new Center of Excellence incorporates the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), the College of Medicine and the College of Engineering.

This is the sixth Center of Excellence designation awarded to the University of Cincinnati and the 47th Center of Excellence awarded by the Board of Regents.

“The University of Cincinnati’s design programs are to be commended for their applied inventiveness,” Chancellor Petro said. “Utilizing internal resources, collaborating with outside businesses and institutions, and sharing the results of those efforts for the greater benefit of the community is exactly what a Center for Excellence in Cultural and Societal Transformation is meant to accomplish. And that is why we are proud to recognize the Center for Design and Innovation as a Center of Excellence.”

Cincinnati’s new Center of Excellence is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence in the field of design and for its emphasis on partnering with real-world business and industry and with the disciplines of business, engineering and medicine within the university in order to serve emerging markets and needs. It’s impossible to go to the state’s business centers without finding design students and graduates from UC not only at work but leading projects within firms large and small – and even starting their own firms in order to contribute to local and regional economies.

During the last five years, several colleges within the university have partnered with companies to start programs. These initiatives include:

  • The Live Well Collaborative which partners UC faculty and students with industry, including Ohio firms, in order to meet the needs of the 50+ market. This breakthrough business-university partnership pioneered at UC is serving as the model for similar ventures elsewhere.  
  • Designation as a PACE institution (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) which integrates design and engineering education at UC with opportunities provided by and support from a select group of businesses.

About the Centers of Excellence

Ohio’s Centers of Excellence position the University System of Ohio to be a magnet for talent and a leader in innovation and entrepreneurial activity. The Centers will accomplish this by developing distinct missions for each institution that are recognized by students, faculty and business leaders, while eliminating unnecessary competition for resources, students and faculty within the state. 

The first five Centers of Excellence designations are specific to Ohio’s growth industries – Advanced Energy; Biomedicine and Health Care; Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts; Enabling Technologies: Advanced Materials and Sensors; and Advanced Transportation & Aerospace.

For more information, see:  Ohio’s Centers of Excellence:

About the Board of Regents 


The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.


Contact Info:

Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487

University of Cincinnati Contact:
M.B. Reilly
Office: (513).556.1824