Green Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence
May 01, 2011
University of Mount Union alumnus, Dr. Sylvester “Sy” Green ’64 was inducted into The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) Hall of Excellence at an awards ceremony held Wednesday, April 6 in Columbus. The Hall honors alumni of member institutions of the OFIC whose lifetime achievements exemplify the traditions, ideals, strengths and values of private higher education.
“As an alumnus of Mount Union, member of our Board of Trustees and an extremely generous supporter of the University, he has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to higher education,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union, during the awards ceremony on Wednesday. “He has also dedicated himself to professional and personal success. As a result, he is a respected business professional, exemplary role model, dedicated leader and living example of Mount Union’s mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.”
He has served on the Mount Union Board of Trustees for 28 years, including a two year stint as its chair. Aside from serving on the Board, he served as president of Alumni Council and was a member of the Drive for Distinction Campaign Cabinet and the Annual Fund Committee. He also leads by example, supporting the University through three campaigns and is recognized with membership in the Mount Union Heritage Society.
But Mount Union isn’t Green’s only passion. A mentor to many minority youth, Green also served as the national chairman and board member of INROADS, a national corporate sponsorship program with the mission to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. He also founded the National Insurance Industry Association to address the need to exchange ideas and experiences of minority professionals working in the insurance industry. All the while, he has been an active member of his Westchester County, New York community, lending his time and efforts to organizations including the New York Fund for Teachers Campaign, United Way, Urban League, Urban Family Institute and the Community Baptist Church, among others.
Green is the retired national chairman and consultant of Green Rolle Consulting, LLC. Throughout his professional career, he has served as chief executive officer and chairman for e2Value, Inc., a web-based property valuation company that provides digital solutions to the insurance industry. He was also managing director and executive vice president for Chubb & Son, Inc., a global property and casualty company. While at Chubb, Green was recognized as one of the top African American executives in the United States by Black Enterprise magazine. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Mount Union in 1964 and also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 1988.
“The Alumni Service Award, M Club Award of Excellence and the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters are among his list of accomplishments at Mount Union,” added Giese in his opening remarks. “In his local community, he has been honored with the Frank C. Carr Community Service Award and the Westchester Urban League Community Service Award and was named a Heartshare Community Leader Honoree. Tonight, we add the OFIC Hall of Excellence among his outstanding accomplishments.”
“When Dr. Giese called me about this award, it was a really a wow moment,” said Green when asked to share a few words at the ceremony. “I usually say that when I’m hanging out with my 2-and-a-half-year-old grandchild.”
Green explained how his unexpected and enduring relationship with Mount Union began at an elementary school in Sandusky, Ohio. “When I stepped into the classroom and in this new environment, I discovered that I was years behind my classmates,” he explained. “Fortunately though, I had a great teacher and a principal [who were both Mount Union graduates] whom discovered or maybe saw something different in me in terms of my capabilities. So, rather than pushing me aside, they took the opportunity to work out a special program for me so I could catch up. And, it worked.”
To him, the relationships he made with Mount Union graduates were a miracle in some way. His principal and track coach in junior high and high school principal were all products of Mount Union. “When I graduated from high school, I had a decent reputation,” added Green. “I stayed out of trouble, played sports and did halfway decent in the classroom. I had a lot of folks who wanted me to go to Denison, Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan, but I chose to go to Mount Union because of those relationships.”
Other Mount Union alumni that have been inducted into the Hall include Dr. Robert S. Kunkel Jr. ’55, Vanita D. (Bauknight ’63) Oelschlager, Congressman Ralph S. Regula ’48, Dr. Dorothy Sisk ’58 and Brian L. Stafford ’69.