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Steven A. Minter

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Take the long-term view.

Birthplace

Born:
10/23/1938
Birth Location:
Akron, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Take the long-term view.

Birthplace

Born:
10/23/1938
Birth Location:
Akron
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Biography

University executive-in-residence and former foundation executive Steven A. Minter was born in Akron, Ohio on October 23, 1938. He is the son of Lawrence and Dorothy Minter. Graduating from Ohio’s Kinsman High School in 1956, Minter earned his B.A. degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1960. In 1963, he earned his M.Ed. degree from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Kent State University, Oberlin College, Lake Erie College and Findlay College.

Minter served as president and executive director of the Cleveland Foundation from 1984 until his retirement in July 2003. Outside the foundation world, Minter spent over 15 years in governmental positions. In 1980, when the U.S. Department of Education was first formed, he served as its first under secretary. From 1970 to 1975, he was the commissioner of public welfare for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He had a career as a caseworker at the Cuyahoga County Welfare Department in 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio and became its director in 1969.

Minter served on the boards of numerous national and regional organizations, including the College of Wooster, Community Foundations of America, American Public Welfare Association and the National Community AIDS Partnership. He co-chaired Greater Cleveland’s Vision Council and served on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, the Union Club and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He is a director of KeyCorp and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He is also a former board member of Dominion Resources, Rubbermaid and Ohio Bell Telephone Company.

Minter is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2003 Distinguished Grantmaker Award presented by the Council on Foundations and the 1991 Ohio Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Minter and his wife, Dolly, live in Shaker Heights, Ohio. They have three married daughters, two grandsons and one granddaughter.

Minter passed away on September 19, 2019.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Steven A. Minters' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Steven A. Minter lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Steven A. Minter talks about his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Steven A. Minter recounts a story about his grandfather, Samuel Minter, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Steven A. Minter recounts a story about his grandfather, Samuel Minter, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Steven A. Minter talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Steven A. Minter talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Steven A. Minter describes growing up in Northeast, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Steven A. Minter describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Steven A. Minter describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Steven A. Minter describes discriminatory experiencing while traveling with the Kinsman High School band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Steven A. Minter describes navigating all-white school environments and his high school mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Steven A. Minter comments on his early exposure to racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Steven A. Minter talks about playing baseball at Kinsman High School in Kinsman, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Steven A. Minter describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Steven A. Minter describes holiday celebrations and the church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Steven A. Minter talks about his teachers at Kinsman High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Steven A. Minter describes his decision to attend Baldwin Wallace University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Steven A. Minter describes his college extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Steven A. Minter talks about his interracial marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Steven A. Minter describes the employment discrimination he experienced
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Steven A. Minter talks about his career at the Cuyahoga County Welfare Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Steven A. Minter describes how he became the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Welfare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Steven A. Minter talks about political relationships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Steven A. Minter describes his role as Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Welfare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Steven A. Minter talks about his philanthropic and public service jobs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Steven A. Minter talks about his daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Steven A. Minter describes The Cleveland Foundation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Steven A. Minter describes The Cleveland Foundation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Steven A. Minter talks about two of The Cleveland Foundation's African American donors, Dr. Kenneth Clement and HistoryMaker Judge Lillian Burke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Steven A. Minter describes Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Bill Gates's roles in American philanthropy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Steven A. Minter discusses his role at the Levin College of Urban Affairs and he and his wife's role in philanthropy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Steven A. Minter describes his greatest accomplishments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Steven A. Minter describes the state of education in Ohio