DEI and Higher Education in Ohio

Hear from Zac Haines, a Miami University Board of Trustee, About DEI and Higher Education.

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 21, 2024

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What’s Going On In Our Universities?

Enjoy insights from a University Board of Trustee member and partake in a robust discussion concerning higher education in Ohio. Areas of interest will include Enrollment trends, Affordability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and an in-depth look at Senate Bill 83 — Ohio’s Historic Higher Education Reform Bill. 

Learn about the wild world of College Athletics including the Transfer Portal, NIL (name, image, likeness), and the Alston decision.  Zac Haines will share his personal thoughts and experiences and field your questions.   Zac will be with us from 7:30-8:30 PM.


Dr. Jed Hartings will provide an update on the successes and challenges of Cincinnati Classical Academy, the region’s first public (charter) classical school, now in its second year of operation. The school has achieved exceptional results in academic testing, enrollment growth, and student retention.

In doing so, however, it has also become the target of national attacks from anti-charter activists who object to teaching virtue and character in public schools. Despite resistance, classical charter education is building momentum throughout Ohio.   Jed will join us from 7:05-7:25 pm.

Speaker Bios:

Zachary Haines is an entrepreneur who currently serves as the Owner and CEO of the DPA Buying Group. Under his leadership, the organization grew from approximately 67 distributors to more than 1,700 companies in the industrial, safety, and facility maintenance industries.

In 2018, at the age of 34, Mr. Haines was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to serve a nine-year term on Miami University’s Board of Trustees. Zac was recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a Forty Under 40 recipient in 2016, and in 2020, he was recognized by Maverick Pac as a Future 40 Republican across the United States. On August 20, 2020, Zac was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Among his other activities, Zac Haines is actively involved in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), having at least ten ancestors who served or furnished material aid to the cause of liberty in the Revolutionary War. In this capacity, he chairs an annual patriotic essay contest for high school students, honors local R.O.T.C. cadets and midshipmen, and makes special appearances dressed as George Washington for elementary schools and civic organizations. Zac also serves as the national Historian and Archivist for the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and sits on its Foundation’s Board of Directors. Mr. Haines earned his B.S. from Miami University, located in Oxford, Ohio, where he met his wife Brittany. They have two young sons.


Jed Hartings grew up on the West Side of Cincinnati and attended St. Xavier High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. He then served 8 years as a medical research officer in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed, separating from service at the rank of Major.

Jed returned home in 2008 to join the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, where he researches stroke and brain trauma as a tenured professor in the Department of Neurosurgery.  He lives with his wife and daughters in Evendale.  He enjoys running, motorcycles, classical music, politics, and reading, and hopes one day to sail the Great Lakes with his family.