College advocate and leader receives 2015 Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded its 2015 Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award to Jerry Kelsheimer in recognition of his exemplary service to the College and its students for more than a decade.
Kelsheimer, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Northeastern Ohio, joined the Foundation Board in 2003 and has dedicated himself to making higher education accessible to Greater Cleveland residents.
He has been a strong supporter of the Foundation’s annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon and taken an active role on the Foundation Board, serving as Chairperson from 2006 to 2010 and on the Executive Committee since 2005.
“Through his tireless work for the Foundation, Jerry Kelsheimer has impacted the lives of countless Tri-C students,” said Rick Chiricosta, chairperson of the Foundation Board. “The scholarships he made possible have helped turn so many dreams into reality.”
In addition to his role with the Foundation, Kelsheimer also is a member of the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Board of Trustees. He chaired the Board in 2012 and 2013.
“Jerry Kelsheimer has played a key role in the increasingly high number of student success stories celebrated at Tri-C,” said Alex Johnson, president of the College. “He is an exceptional example of the difference a person can make in their community.”
The Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award was established in memory of longtime Foundation Board Director Heath Oliver, president of Bardons & Oliver and a valuable member of the Board from 1988 until his death in 2009. Under his leadership, scholarships for Tri-C students became a fundraising priority; the Foundation successfully launched its first major gifts campaign; and Presidential Scholarship Luncheons raised significant dollars to benefit students.
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, chartered in 1973, is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to secure funding for scholarships and educational program development and enhancement for Cuyahoga Community College.