A commitment to time
By Monica Laco
Grant Dibert values commitment. Perhaps that’s why he’s been happily married for 53 years, worked for one company for almost 40 years and has helped lead a Northern Kentucky philanthropy for close to 20 years.
Dibert graduated from Xavier in 1956 with a degree in business administration. He served two years in the United States Army before working on the assembly line at Kent Corp. in Covington, Ky. While the company eventually moved to Bellevue, Ky., Dibert steadily climbed their corporate ladder. He served as president of Kent Corp. for four years before retiring in the late 1990s.
During his career, Dibert was involved in innovations that led to him holding patents for some of Kent Corp.’s products. Characteristically, he downplays his role.
Dibert has always believed in the importance of “trying to do something positive for the community.” He is the treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky. He began serving at their predecessor foundation in 1992 and has remained committed to supporting their mission in the community.
He has also served as president of the Ft. Thomas Lions Club and vice president of Highland Country Club. Additionally, Dibert spent 10 years on the Board of Equalization for the Ft. Thomas Property Evaluation Office and was a member of the financial committee of St. Thomas Church in Ft. Thomas.
Carol Buckhout, executive director of the Community Foundation, knows Dibert’s kindness. “Grant has been a generous supporter in so many ways,” she said. “He’s made financial gifts, and also given his time and business expertise. He is a steady presence on our Board.”
Not only is Dibert a generous supporter of the community but also of his beloved alma mater. He has been volunteering at Xavier for more than 15 years for reunion weekends and a variety of other events. As a co-class agent, he solicits his classmates for donations for the University’s Annual Fund.
Mary Ann Schomaker, former assistant director of alumni programs and reunion giving at Xavier, has worked with Dibert for many years. “He’s one of the cogs in the wheel,” she said. “He helps make it all work.”
Dibert lists the three most important things in his life as “family, family and friends.” He met his wife Marian in Cincinnati at the end of his freshman year at Xavier. He finds his greatest joy in Marian and in their five children and 16 grandchildren. Five members of the Dibert family are also fellow Musketeers, two children and two grandchildren are alums and one grandson, Michael Neal, will graduate in 2011.
Dibert still keeps in contact with friends from Xavier and Edgecliff College. The reunions started out as golf outings “but have evolved with age,” Dibert said. The 32-member group (including spouses) now meets for dinner. “We’ve been getting together off and on for 50 years,” Dibert said.
Monica Laco is a 2010 graduate of Xavier University, Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations. She met Dibert at the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky, where she served as a Scripps Howard Intern in spring 2010.