Businesswoman, alumna to speak at graduation

Valerie L. Newell, one of Ohio's leading businesswomen and a former BGSU student-athlete and trustee, will address the University’s summer graduates Saturday (Aug. 5).

Valerie Newell
Valerie Newell

Newell is managing director and senior portfolio manager at RiverPoint Capital Management, an independent investment advisor in Cincinnati. The 1975 BGSU graduate has held similar leadership positions with Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Haberer Investment Advisors and Arthur Andersen. A certified public accountant, she specializes in managing investment portfolios for high net-worth individuals, families and foundations.

Newell began her career in finance not long after women were finally allowed to apply for credit in their own name. She is widely respected for forging ahead in an industry that was male-dominated at the time she entered the field. Among other honors, she has been named YWCA Career Woman of Achievement and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Career Woman.

At BGSU, Newell was a two-time All-American swimmer and captain of the women’s swimming team. Graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting, she was chosen as BGSU's Outstanding Woman Graduate of 1975. Earlier this year, she was named an Accomplished Graduate of the College of Business Administration.

She is a member of BGSU's Presidents Club and is one of only two people who have served on all three University boards—the Alumni Board, Foundation Board and Board of Trustees. Newell ended an 11-year term on the Board of Trustees when she retired as chair in May 2004. Her most recent contribution to BGSU is a gift that will enable construction of a women's locker room in the new Sebo Athletic Center.

A presidential appointee to the National Women's CEO Advisory Board, Newell is chair of the Cincinnati Art Museum Board of Trustees and a trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, the Beech Acres Foundation, Summit Country Day School and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Foundation. She is also a trustee emeritus and past chair of the Cincinnati Museum Center.

July 31, 2006