City Council President to be Keynote Speaker at Winter Commencement

Michael Mentel


 Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is proud to welcome Columbus City Council President Michael C. Mentel as the keynote speaker at the 2009 Winter Commencement Ceremony scheduled for 11:00 a.m., on December 19, 2009 in Alumni Hall Gymnasium (1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219). The university will also confer a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa to Mentel.

“Ohio Dominican is proud to bestow this honorary degree to President Mentel who has served his community with distinction and dignity,” said ODU Interim President Ron Seiffert.

Mentel is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer at ms consultants, inc. (Columbus, OH, 43229), which provides engineering, architecture and planning services to multiple environments - from the largest urban metroplexes to the smallest rural communities.

In 1999, Mentel became a member of Columbus City Council and has chaired numerous committees, including the Safety Committee. In 2007, he was elected President and is currently the Chair of the Finance as well as Rules and Reference Committees. Mentel created the position of Advocate for the Homeless and Social Services, a cabinet level position in the Mayor’s office to coordinate the protocol for all City employees to follow when they interface with a homeless individual or family. These procedures will help ensure that those in need will receive critical assistance as quickly as possible, moving the homeless from the land to stable housing situations.

A lifelong Columbus resident, Mentel’s public service includes involvement with the boards of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, the Aquinas Scholarship endowment fund and other civic and cultural organizations. Citing his strong leadership skills and unwavering support for Columbus residents, the St. Stephen’s Community House has named Mentel the winner of the 2008 John Maloney Leadership Award. He was also named the 2009 Chambers and Partners Award as one of the top environmental attorneys in Ohio.

Mentel graduated from Bishop Ready High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in 1984 and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School in 1987.