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June 19, 2014

Cleveland State to add new honor's college

Mandel Honors College to enroll more than 500 students

By Emily Scharf


Cleveland State University recently received a $3.6 million gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and the Mandel Supporting Foundations that will introduce a new college at Cleveland State.

Along with the creation of the Mandel Honors College — Cleveland State’s ninth college — the gift will support merit scholarships as well as help renovate the building in which the new college will be held.

“It’s an extraordinarily important gift to CSU,” said Ronald Berkman, president of Cleveland State. “I think it provides

an opportunity for us to better support the students in the program, to provide them with our facilities, to provide more services and particularly more scholarship dollars for students in the program.”

Previously the University Honors College, the Mandel Honors College will enroll more than 500 students from both the University Honors and University Scholar programs.

According to Berkman, the current honors program is designed for students in any major to enhance students’ preparation in humanities, critical thinking and communication. He added that the Mandel Foundation has a reputation for funding only what they find to be high quality academic programs.

The new college’s dean will be the Mandel Chair in Humanities.

Berkman said it is likely the dean candidate that will be chosen for the new college with come from a humanities background. He said the search for the new dean will likely begin in September.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports educational programs at selected universities and organizations, primarily in areas including leadership, higher education, Jewish education, strengthening the State of Israel and urban neighborhood renewal.

Morton Mandel, chairman of the Mandel Foundation, said the gift is appropriate given the foundation’s commitment to the advancement of higher education and the growth of future leaders.

“I admire the vision that has been established by President Berkman and the CSU leadership team that is driving exceptional student achievement, while producing outstanding graduates for our community,” he said in a recent Cleveland State press release.

This year, Cleveland State has raised more then $20 million, the largest amount in history, according to Berkman.

“The more colleges that they’re the names of donors, the more prestigious the standing of the university and the more likely we are to find other donors.”