Woodmere Mayor Benjamin Holbert was named “Citizen of the Year” for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Fourth District at the 81st District Meeting held April 29-May 1 at the Cleveland Marriott East in Warrensville Heights.
Holbert will represent the Ohio and West Virginia chapters as “Citizen of the Year” at the 83rd International Grand Conclave to be held July 22-26 in Charlotte NC The Fourth District is made up of 36 chartered chapters at the college level and above. The “citizen of the year” criteria are based on demonstrated vision, leadership and service to the community and each chapter is required to submit a nominee as a mandated fellowship officer, according to a press release.
Holbert was selected in part for his contributions to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and he was featured in a public service announcement presented by Cleveland affiliate CBS urging viewers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 . Holbert is a former television journalist who won four local Emmy awards. He was re-elected mayor of Woodmere, unopposed in the November 2021 general election.
Holbert is a member of the Executive Council of the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association, was selected for the Cleveland Leadership Class of 2020, appointed to the President’s Advisory Council at Ursuline College at Pepper Pike, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the B-Organization of Buzz Little League baseball. B-Buzz teams up with the Cleveland Guardians to revive Little League baseball downtown.
He has been a member of the fraternity for 42 years, having held numerous leadership positions. He joined the organization while attending Kent State University in 1980. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2012.
Omega Psi Phi has 750 chapters worldwide and is the first predominantly African-American fraternity founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 1911.