The Cincinnati Southern Railway Board of Trustees

The Ferguson Act required a board of five trustees to govern the Cincinnati Southern Railway.  Trustees are appointed by the Mayor of Cincinnati and are approved by Cincinnati City Council. 

The CSR bylaws mandate that political affiliations of the Board must be disclosed and that no more than three members of the same political party are permitted to serve on the Board.  Trustees serve five year terms and there are no term limits.  While trustees originally received compensation, today’s trustees are not paid for their service.

To learn more about the role of the Board of Trustees, please view the CSR bylaws.

Current Board Members

Paul Muething, President, Republican Mr. Muething has served as a Board Trustee since 2018. He is an attorney with Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, where he currently serves as Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Muething’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of business planning, corporate law, and real estate development representing both public and private companies. Mr. Muething earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.A. from Xavier University.

Paul Sylvester, Treasurer, Democrat Mr. Sylvester has served as a Board Trustee since 1984. Mr. Sylvester is a CPA licensed in the State of Ohio. Mr. Sylvester has ten years of public accounting experience with Coopers & Lybrand in Cincinnati, Ohio, in addition to his twenty years of experience in Chief Financial Officer and Treasury functions in three privately-owned construction or construction supply companies. Mr. Sylvester earned his MBA at the University of Cincinnati and his B.S./B.A. at The Ohio State University.

Charles Luken, Vice President, Democrat Mr. Luken has served as Board Trustee since 2018. He is Cincinnati, Ohio’s longest-serving mayor, having served his first term from 1983 to 1991 and his second term from 1999 to 2005. Before serving as Cincinnati’s mayor, Mr. Luken served as a United States congressman from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Luken is an attorney with Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, where he focuses primarily on government relations and legislation matters. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Mark Mallory, Democrat Mr. Mallory has served as a Board Trustee since 2018. He is Cincinnati, Ohio’s first directly elected black mayor, having served two terms from 2005 to 2013. Before serving as Cincinnati’s 68th mayor, Mr. Mallory served as a State Senator from 1999 to 2005. He also served as a State Representative from 1995 to 1999, having followed his father William L. Mallory, Sr. who also served in the Ohio House for 28 years. Mr. Mallory is President of Mark Mallory & Associates Consulting. He earned his B.A. in Management from the University of Cincinnati.

Amy Murray, Republican Ms. Murray has served as a Board Trustee since 2019. Ms. Murray is honored to be serving her second term on Cincinnati City Council, after being elected to her first term in 2013 and being re-elected in 2017. Prior to serving as a member of City Council, Ms. Murray worked for Procter & Gamble in Global Business Development for fourteen years and started a consulting firm dedicated to assisting American companies grow their business in Japan and with Japanese companies in the U.S. Ms. Murray earned her B.A. in Economics from Arizona State University.

The Original Board Members
Appointed June 30, 1869 by the Superior Court of Cincinnati:

Miles Greenwood E.A. Ferguson Philip Heidelbach Richard M. Bishop No photo available
Miles Greenwood
Board President
E.A. Ferguson Philip Heidelbach Richard M. Bishop William Hooper