Steeped in symbolism and rooted in history, Ohio University’s tradition of private support is nearly as old as the University itself. In recognition of the pioneering spirit by which Ohio University was founded, the Cutler Herrold Society celebrates and honors the institution’s most generous, visionary and transformational benefactors.
Cutler Herrold Society
The Cutler Herrold Society symbol pays homage to this legacy of giving. The Cutler Hall cupola stands proudly at the center of the shield calling forth the memory of Manasseh Cutler, a man whose vision, pioneering spirit and leadership founded this great institution. The shield is flanked by the numerals for 1804, the year Ohio University was established. The half-circle references the quarter-sawn pattern of raw timber, symbolic of that first gift from the Herrold brothers. The timber lines support the Cutler cupola, just like philanthropy from donors like you supports the University and its mission.