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September 16, 2014

Washkewicz College of Engineering names exec-in-residence

By Dan Levindofske

Duane M. Crockrom was named to executive in residence for the Washkewicz College of Engineering.

Crockrom will be a liaison between Cleveland State University and the Parker Hannifin Corporation, whose Chairman, CEO and President is Don Washkewicz, for whom the college of engineering is named.

His current duties have him overseeing initiatives provided through the partnership of Cleveland State University and Parker Hannifin, including scholarship programs.

One such scholarship program will extend to students in the Washkewicz College of Engineering and the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

“These scholarships will provide transformational opportunities for outstanding Duane M. Crockromengineering and business students,” Crockrom said in the news release.

Crockrom’s background includes many human resource positions at the Parker Hannifin Corporation, as well as several other Fortune 500 companies.

He originally began his career in human resources with the Sherwin-Williams Company before moving on to the Warner & Swasey Company and NASA.

He held many different personnel positions with the Warner & Swasey Company over a 10 year stint with the company.

At NASA, Crockrom was a human resources management consultant for three years, from 1986 to 1988.

After leaving NASA, Crockrom joined the Parker Hannifin Corporation as a human resources manager in 1988.

He also worked in recruitment, development and employee relations while with the Parker Hannifin Corporation.

Crockrom currently works as a consultant for the Parker Hannifin Corporation, despite formally retiring in 2013.

Crockrom earned a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace University and a master’s in business administration from Lake Erie College.

He also has an industrial relations certification from Cleveland State University.

Crockrom is a member of the Washkewicz College of Engineering’s Diversity Council and has also served as vice president of the Fenn Educational Foundation and president of the Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

His appointment has been in effect since July 1, 2014.