The President of Cincinnati’s Xavier University, Jesuit Father Michael J. Graham was recently honored with the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Regional Office’s 2012 National Human Relations Award. The award recognizes Fr. Graham’s professional achievements, generosity of spirit and vision of excellence. At the same time, the event raises funds for the global advocacy and human rights work of the American Jewish Committee, which advances freedom, liberty, tolerance and mutual respect worldwide.
As president of Xavier, Fr. Graham has earned a sterling reputation by focusing on academic excellence and on partnering with the community. Xavier attracts students from across the nation and abroad, while still reaching out to its surrounding neighborhoods and to diverse friends across the city.
After civil disturbances in 2001, Fr. Graham was asked to co-chair the task force on Police and Community Relations of CincinnatiCAN. This collaboration left a legacy of improved police-community relations.
Fr. Graham continues to work toward improving Cincinnati by serving on the boards of St. Xavier High School, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Community Police Partnering Center. He also is a board member of Loyola University Chicago and Gonzaga University, and he heads the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents.