Steven D. Standley honored with Homer C. Wadsworth Award

RELEASE DATE: 6.11.2014

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation today honored Steven D. Standley, chief administrative officer for University Hospitals of Cleveland, with its 2014 Homer C. Wadsworth Award. The award is given annually to a local leader who has demonstrated creativity, innovation, ingenuity, risk-taking and good humor in a civic, volunteer, nonprofit or public sector role. Standley received the award at the Cleveland Foundation’s centennial meeting at Playhouse Square, presented by KeyBank.

StandleyWebSince 2000, Standley has served in senior leadership roles at University Hospitals, including his current position as chief administrative officer. Through his innovative leadership, he has implemented workforce improvement programs which have offered residents of the surrounding urban neighborhoods the opportunity to connect to health care careers.

Active in the community, Standley is the founding and current board chair for Evergreen Cooperatives Corporation, a network of employee-owned businesses in the urban core that include a commercial laundry, greenhouse and energy services company. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Greater University Circle Initiative Leadership Committee, which is focused on revitalizing large parts of Greater University Circle. Additionally, Standley supported the launch and growth of NewBridge Center for Arts and Technology, which provides opportunities for youth and adults to build careers in the arts and health care.

He also has served on several community development committees including the Mayor’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Stewardship Council, Health-Tech Corridor Steering Committee, Opportunity Corridor Coordinating Committee and Greater Cleveland Partnership Construction Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

“Steve truly embodies the innovative and creative spirit of former Cleveland Foundation president Homer Wadsworth,” said Ronald B. Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. “It’s especially meaningful that Steve receives this award during our centennial year because many of the programs Steve has initiated or enhanced have centered on improving the lives of our community’s most marginalized residents – and that tenet is at the heart of a community foundation’s mission. He is a passionate believer in Cleveland and its citizens and there is no question our city is a stronger community due to his impressive civic leadership.”

Homer C. Wadsworth was executive director of the Cleveland Foundation from 1974 to 1983. He was known as a man of creativity, courage, commitment and innovation. Prior to his death in 1994, Wadsworth’s friends and family established the Homer C. Wadsworth Award to identify and honor those in the community who best reflect those qualities.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2013 grants of $89 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.

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