Dwight Tillery is a native of Cincinnati. He was originally appointed to the State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR) by Governor Ted Strickland in 2009, and reappointed by Governor John R. Kasich. He currently serves as Vice Chairman.
Mr. Tillery graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Political Science. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio.
He has held the positions of Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Cincinnati, Assistant Executive Vice President at the University of Cincinnati, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, Assistant Attorney General, Vice President of the National Bar Association and Cincinnati Councilmember. In 1991, Mr. Tillery became the first African American popularly elected Mayor of the City of Cincinnati. Mr. Tillery is Founder, Past-President and CEO of The Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati. He has served on the Cincinnati Board of Health and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Health Coverage Reform.
Mr. Tillery is the recipient of many honors, including an Encore Purpose Prize Fellow award, an honorary doctorate from the Cincinnati State Technical College, the Governor’s Leadership Excellence Award, the Ohio Civil Rights Dream Award, the University of Cincinnati Award of Excellence, Phi Delta Kappa Award for Health & Wellness, Martin Luther King Jr. “Keep the Dream Alive” Award, the Citizen’s Committee on Youth Public Service Award, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health’s Hero Award, the National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Award, the Dr. Luther Lemon Community Award and the University of Cincinnati’s Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award.