CINCINNATI – Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Board of Trustee Chairperson, Frank Rosenacker has announced appointment of Steve Bittner, certified Catholic cemetery executive and certified cemetery executive, to the college’s board of trustees.
“Steve’s wealth of experience and knowledge as a death care professional adds strength and diversity to an already strong Board of Trustees” said Jack Lechner, president of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He added, “Steve’s executive experience and commitment to serving the needs of bereaved families are a perfect fit for the board.”
Bittner is president of Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society, which owns and operates St. John, St. Mary and St. Joseph cemeteries, and manages two other cemetery properties and selling for a third. Steve is also the vice president of the Catholic Family Security Association, an organization which promotes and sells final funeral expense insurance.
Bittner has been employed by the sSociety for 50 years, starting in 1967 working on the grounds. He has held the positions of superintendent of St. Joseph (1973-1980), superintendent of St. Mary and St. John cemeteries (1980-1991) and the business manager of the CCCS (1991-1993). He was promoted to chief operating officer of CCCS in January 1993 and was elected to the board of directors in March 1995. He was named president of CCCS in January 1999.
Bittner stays involved at the state level, where he serves as a past president of the Catholic Cemeteries of Ohio and is presently a member of its legislative committee. He also served three terms for the governor on the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission that helps regulate cemeteries.
Internationally, Bittner is the president for the Catholic Cemetery Conference. He also teaches classes for the CCC membership at the University of Notre Dame. Bittner is also a past board member of the International Cemetery and Funeral Association. In 1996, he was awarded the designations of CCCE & CCE by both international organizations.
Bitter continues to find time to stay involved in coaching basketball, spending the past 48 years in this sport, of which the last 28 years have been at the varsity high school level in both girl’s and boy’s programs. He presently is an assistant head coach for the men’s basketball program at Oak Hills High School. In 2000, he received the Roger Bacon High School Basketball Hall of Fame Award for coaching girl’s basketball. Bittner also coached in AAU for many years, where his girl’s basketball team won the 15-year-old national championship in 1998 and again won the national championship in 1999 in the 16-year-old division.
Posted Sept. 5, 2017