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Lehigh EE grad, former NFL receiver named SVP, CIO of Western & Southern

Former NFL wide receiver and Lehigh alumnus Steven Kreider '78 was named Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of eastern Pennsylvania-based Western & Southern Financial Group.

Kreider, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, earned his bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering. He will oversee more than $46 billion with the Fort Washington business.

"Steve brings extensive experience as a global money manager," said John Barrett, chairman, president and CEO of W&S. "We welcome his expertise and leadership in managing investments across asset classes, including fixed income, public and private equities, real estate, alternative assets, and hedge funds."

A wide receiver with the Lehigh Engineers football team in the late '70's, Kreider led the college to its first ever national championship in 1977. The Division II All-American graduated the next year and was drafted by the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

During his eight seasons with the Bengals -- including a Super Bowl appearance in 1981 -- Kreider earned an MBA in quantitative analysis and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Cincinnati.

Kreider was inducted into the Lehigh Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

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