Former United States Ambassador and Renowned Philanthropist Patricia L. Herbold ’77 Selected for Prestigious Horatio Alger Award

Ambassador Herbold

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, has announced that Chase graduate and former United States Ambassador Patricia L. Herbold, vice president and secretary of the Herbold Foundation, will be inducted as a member of this prestigious association next spring.  Ambassador Herbold joins eleven other outstanding business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this honor. Since its inception in 1947, this annual award has recognized exceptional leaders – all with a commitment to philanthropy and higher education – who have overcome significant personal challenges to achieve success.

When Ambassador Herbold was in the fifth grade, she was placed in St. Joseph’s Orphanage, where she stayed until after eighth grade. She was an excellent student earning a full scholarship to Edgecliff College (now part of Xavier University).  

In 1977, Ambassador Herbold graduated from NKU Chase College of Law second in her class. While serving as legal counsel for a wide variety of companies after law school, including Prudential Insurance, Ambassador Herbold was drawn to public service. Beginning in 1983, with her election to the City Council of Montgomery, OH, she continued her political career as Mayor of Montgomery in 1985. After relocating to Washington State, she became a member of the Washington State Gambling Commission in 1997 and the elected Chairwoman of the King County Republican Party in 2002. In 2005, she was appointed United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore by President George W. Bush and she held this position until 2009. Currently, she is the vice president and secretary of the Herbold Foundation.

Ambassador Herbold and her husband, Robert, founded the Herbold Foundation in 2002. This organization awards scholarships to students majoring in science, technology, math, or engineering. The couple has also funded the Herbold Computational Biology program at The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Ambassador Herbold has also served on the President’s 21st Century Workforce Council and on the boards of St. Joseph Orphanage, Seattle Art Museum and the Washington Policy Center. She currently serves on the boards of the Reagan Ranch and Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Ambassador Herbold will be inducted as a member of the association during its annual three-day induction ceremonies, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in April 2014.

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This article was derived from the Horatio Alger Association press release, Former United States Ambassador and Renowned Philanthropist Patricia L. Herbold Selected for Prestigious Horatio Alger Award – Class of 2014, dated November 18, 2013. View the press release.