Kohlhepp, who is also a graduate of the University’s M.B.A. program, began his business career with the Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp., in July 1967 as controller. He was promoted to the positions of general manager, vice president and treasurer, and in 1979 was elected executive vice president and a member of the company’s board of directors. In 1984, he was elected president and was named chief executive officer in 1995. He was named vice chairman in 2003.
“Culture, growth and ethics make Cintas an excellent model for Xavier’s business students,” says Kohlhepp. “I look forward to sharing almost 40 years of practical Cintas business experience with some of the brightest students in the country. I’m sure they’ll have a few lessons to teach me as well.”
“Kohlhepp continues to have a distinguished business career,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. “We are fortunate that he has agreed to join our team of executives-in-residence and bring his expertise to our classrooms and to the career preparation of our students.”
Kohlhepp is also a member of the University’s board of trustees and was instrumental in the construction of the Cintas Center, which opened in 2000.
“I am so grateful to Bob Kohlhepp for his tremendous support for and generosity to Xavier University over so many years and in so many ways,” says University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “This is yet another example of the positive impact he is making on the lives of young people in our community.”
The executive-in-residence program in the Williams College of Business is designed to allow experienced executives to mentor students and faculty. Executives-in-residence meet with entering freshman students and provide them with career mentoring. They also guest lecture in classes and work with the dean to achieve the mission of the college.
Other members of the executive-in-residence program include C. P. “Al” Sampson, Canadian Pacific Railway and General Electric; Donald Dufek, The Kroger Co.; Gerald DeBrunner, Deloitte & Touche; Michael Conaton, The Midland Co., and Larry Leser, E.W. Scripps Co.
The Williams College of Business is among “The Best 143 Business Schools” according to the 2005 Princeton Review as well as one of the publication’s “Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Campuses in the Country.”