College of Business and Innovation

Public invited to hear Olympic champion at Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series

The public is invited to the next presentation of the Edwin Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series in Business Ethics when John Naber, Olympic gold medal winner and sportscaster, speaks on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center on The University of Toledo campus.

Sponsored by Dana Incorporated and Owens- Illinois, Inc. Co-hosted by the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, the College of Law and the Honors College.

The Edwin Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series in Business Ethics celebrates the legacy of the late Chairman, CEO and President of Owens Illinois Corporation. Established in 2003 through a collaborative effort led by the Dodd Family with partners Owens-Illinois and the Dana Corporation, this fund was established as an enduring memorial to Edwin Dodd, spotlighting his work in the business world and the Toledo community. The purpose of the fund is to support the ongoing Distinguished Lecture Series in Business Ethics. 

The fund is housed in the College of Business and Innovation and partners with both Dana Corporation and Owens Illinois with representatives sitting on the planning committee, along with a member of the Dodd Family, with the goal of leveraging national networks to identify and feature experts in the filed on a bi-annual basis.

Naber’s presentation is entitled Pursuing Victory with Honor. In today’s difficult business environment, the temptation to “cut corners” has never been greater. Delivering his remarks in a friendly and unthreatening manner, John Naber enables his audiences to learn how to succeed without violating ethical standards. Naber believes that nice guys can finish first!

In 1976, John Naber became the most highly decorated member of the US Olympic Team, winning four gold medals and one silver, and setting four world records in the sport of swimming. In the process, he became the first swimmer in Olympic history to win two individual medals on the same day. In 1977 he led his school (the University of Southern California) to his and their fourth consecutive undefeated season and national title, and won the James E. Sullivan award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete.

Moving to broadcasting, Naber worked for all the major networks and almost every cable channel covering his sport at local, national, and international meets. In 1984 he was inducted into the US Olympic Committee Hall of Fame, just two days before he carried the Olympic torch, and later the Olympic flag into the Los Angeles Olympic Opening Ceremony. In 1986, Naber began working as a play by play announcer, covering sports as varied as motorcross, skiing, gymnastics, football, bowling and equestrian events. He has hosted coverage for over 34 different sports, and for seven Olympic Games.

As a keen observer of excellence, Naber has discovered the method by which champions in all walks of life use to reach their goals, and he shares this process along with his personal insights to audiences all over the globe.

The presentation is free but registration is requested at







Last Updated: 3/13/18