President Michael Graham, S.J., receives the American Jewish Committee's National Human Relations Award

A tribute dinner is being held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza on Tuesday, April 3 | March 30, 2012

University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. is being honored with the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Regional Office’s 2012 National Human Relations Award at a tribute dinner on Tuesday, April 3. The award recognizes Graham’s outstanding professional achievements, generosity of spirit and vision of excellence.

The dinner at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Pavilion Ballroom salutes Graham as an outstanding priest, educator, leader and builder. 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.

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 Procter & Gamble.

As president of Xavier, 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, 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.

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 at Loyola University Chicago and Gonzaga University, and he heads the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents.

Over the course of its 106-year history, the American Jewish Committee 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 visit the registration website or contact the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati office at 513-621-4020 or