Frederick Schlimm, a former president of what is today Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, died Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Schlimm began his career at Cincinnati State (then known as the Cincinnati Cooperative School of Technology) on Jan. 29, 1968 as Director of Admissions and Records. At the time, he once wrote, the institution was housed in a small corner of Courter Technical High School, and was a post-secondary arm of Cincinnati Public Schools with just four academic programs and about 120 students.
Schlimm was promoted to a variety of positions, including Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President of Administrative Operations, before he was appointed president of what by then had become Cincinnati Technical College, succeeding its first president, Clifford House.
Under Schlimm's leadership the college doubled in size, from about 2,000 students to more than 4,000, and the number of academic program offerings increased to 45.
"Fred was one of the people who laid the foundation for the Cincinnati State we know today," said Cincinnati State's current president, Dr. O'dell M. Owens. "In many respects, he was a visionary educator."
Among the notable developments during Schlimm's tenure:
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 4366 Bridgetown Road, preceded by visitation starting at 8:30 a.m. at the church.
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