Xavier University’s Founders’ Day Award dinner honors individuals whose outstanding contributions to Xavier help the University better serve students and society. This Thursday, September 25, Thomas E. Sedler will be honored at the 30th annual Founders’ Day dinner.
A native Cincinnatian, Sedler graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1951 and immediately entered the family business, Home City Ice, a company started by his engineer father, Frank, in 1924.
He worked days while attending evening classes at Xavier, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1958. Except for service in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1962-1963, he has spent his entire career at Home City Ice. Since 1985, he has served as president and CEO.Home City manufactures 4,400 tons of ice daily in 28 manufacturing plants across the Midwest, and includes 36 distribution centers that provide ice to ten states.
Even as Sedler focused his energy on growing the business, he maintained commitments to Xavier and to the community. At the University, he served on the Alumni Board and remains active on the President’s Advisory Council. He has generously given both time and expertise to the boards of the Friars Club and the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund. In 2001, Xavier presented Sedler with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his humanitarian and civic commitments. He is also a member of the Williams College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame.
A long time supporter of Musketeer sports teams, Sedler has contributed resources to serve a wide spectrum of University needs on academic fronts. Most recently, he and his wife, Genny, contributed $3 million to the Williams College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and $2 million to the Basketball Excellence fund through the All For One Club to support student-athletes.
The Sedlers have four sons, all of whom attended Xavier and are continuing their father’s legacy at Home City Ice.
In recognition of his dedicated service to his community, his longtime, wide-ranging support of the University and its initiatives, and his fidelity to the Catholic, Jesuit values upon which it was founded; Xavier University is honored to present Thomas E. Sedler with this 2008 Founders’ Day Award.