AJC to Honor Michael J. Graham, S.J. at April 3 Tribute Dinner

March 22, 2012


American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Regional Office will present its 2012 National Human Relations Award to Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier University, at a tribute dinner on Tuesday, April 3.  The award recognizes Fr. Graham’s outstanding professional achievements, generosity of spirit, and vision of excellence.


The dinner at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Pavilion Ballroom salutes Fr. Graham, an outstanding priest and educator, leader and builder. At the same time, the event raises funds for the global advocacy and human rights work of AJC, which advances freedom, liberty, tolerance, and mutual respect worldwide.

Co-chairs of the event are Thomas G. Cody, retired vice chairman of Macy’s; Mary Ellen Cody, community volunteer; and James A. Miller, chairman of Bartlett & Co. Keynote speaker is Robert A. McDonald, chairman and CEO of P&G.

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 the entire nation and abroad, while reaching out to its neighborhood and to diverse friends across the city.

After civil disturbances in 2001, Fr. Graham was invited 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 make Cincinnati strong by serving on the boards of St. Xavier High School, 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 of Chicago and Gonzaga University, and heads the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents.

Over the course of its 106-year history, AJC has worked to safeguard minorities; fight terrorism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and bigotry; support Israel’s right to exist in peace and security; defend religious freedom and provide humanitarian relief to those in need. For ticket information and reservations, please contact the AJC Cincinnati office at (513) 621-4020.