CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati has formally installed its 28th president.
Santa Ono (OH’-noh) was named president last October by the board of trustees. His investiture was Friday on campus.
The former UC provost is the first Asian-American president at the school of about 42,000 students.
In Friday’s ceremony, he emphasized the importance of university core values such as imagination and commitment to real-world problems. He also talked about the origins of the “Star-Spangled Banner” national anthem and how the U.S. flag stands for freedom and justice for all.
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman of Ohio joined city and school officials and prominent alumni and students for the ceremony.
Ono also planned to be among UC “Bearcats at the Ballpark” Friday night at the Cincinnati Reds’ game with Miami.