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Taylor joins CSU Board of Trustees

By Kristen Mott

February 2, 2012

The Cleveland State Board of Trustees gained a new member on Jan. 9 when June E. Taylor joined the board.

“I was very humbled and honored,” Taylor said about her reaction to the appointment. “I’ve always held a great deal of respect for all Boards of Trustees of colleges and universities.”

Taylor, who will serve on the board until May 1, 2015, has a background in career development for young people. She founded and co-hosted the radio talk show “Career Talk,” and served as a career correspondent for WOIO. Taylor will apply this knowledge to help students at CSU.

“She brings a perspective about how a young person can get started in a career with both bachelor and graduate degrees,” said Robert Rawson, chairman of the board. He noted that this perspective will be useful in making opportunities available to students while they are still at CSU.

Drawing on her background in career development, Taylor said she would like to aid the university in establishing mentors and linking professionals to students.
“We are no longer in a world where students can have a degree without real world experience,” she said.

Taylor also said she has three interests with her new position: assisting the university with navigating through challenges to provide a quality education to students, looking into private and corporate partnerships with the university to offer internships and co-educational opportunities for students to gain work experience, and assisting the university with financial and administrative goals.

In addition to career development, Taylor has worked in both the business and executive search fields. She has also established a number of contacts with business members and companies within the city. Rawson said her experience will be very helpful to the board.

Members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by the state governor. Rawson explained that current members have an opportunity to suggest individuals who would complement the board’s skill sets and abilities, but the final decision is up to the governor.

Besides being a member of the board, Taylor is currently the president of MWV Pinnacle Advisory Services, a private equity firm based in Cleveland that focuses on minority business development.