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Community Engagement Leader and Communication Grad Marcus Thompson Receives 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award

Seton Hill University has honored Marcus Thompson with the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award for 2020.

Marcus is a 2008 communication graduate of Seton Hill. He has established himself as a business development and community engagement leader for Skanska Building USA, a global construction management firm based out of Stockholm, Sweden. With his wife Ashley and son Zechariah, Marcus is active in the Cincinnati, Ohio community, leading initiatives to help raise kids and families out of poverty, stop child abuse, bring individuals out of addiction and secure greenspace for families to have a safe place outdoors. Among his many accomplishments, Marcus became the youngest and first African American to serve as President of a government-appointed Board of Parks Commissioners for Great Parks of Hamilton County in 2019. He has also been recognized as a 40 Under 40 by the Cincinnati Business Courier and, as a former student-athlete, enjoys serving as co-director of Saturday Hoops to mentor vulnerable children through faith, fun and basketball.

The Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award is one of the highest honors given to a graduate, and since 1987, when the award program was established, more than 200 Setonians have been named distinguished alumni for their leadership in education, business, science and technology, the arts, volunteerism and philanthropy. Find out more at