September 18th, 2017

Faculty Senate elects William Bowen of Urban Affairs president

By Arbela Capas

Cleveland State University Faculty Senate elected new officers at its first meeting of the year Sept. 13. Professor William Bowen, Ph.D., of Urban Affairs was elected to a two-year term as president and Professor Adam Sonstegard of English, Ph.D., will serve a two-year term as vice president.

Senate focused much of its attention on the presidential search, which will officially begin Oct. 1. Bernie Moreno, chair of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee, spoke briefly about the process of choosing the new president for the university. Moreno explained that the search committee, which is made up of various trustees, board members, community representatives and faculty senate members, plans to have a list of three candidates after the holidays.

“What we’re working on right now, is understanding feedback from the entire community, our students, all of you--this is the focus of me being here today,” Moreno said.

The senate received feedback from faculty senate members and faculty attending the meeting concerning the presidential candidate. Many members, including Stephen Duffy, chair of the Faculty Senate Budget and Finance Committee, expressed interest in whether the new president will have a background in academics.

President Ronald Berkman announced that Cleveland State raised $4 million in donations in the last couple months. He added that the university reached this total about a month earlier than it had last year.

Dr. Jianping Zhu, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs updated the senate on the list of programs that had to be evaluated as per request from the Ohio Department of Education (ODHE) last year.

Zhu briefed the senate on certain actions that have been put into place regarding the list of programs that were up for review. The two programs that are on the list for suspension are Geology and Industrial Engineering. Printmaking, Sculpture, Painting and Fine/Studio Arts are reported to be consolidated into other programs. These lists of programs still need to be sent to the board of trustees for a final review.

In addition, art history, French, physical education, physics and sports management are all continuing as programs but are in the process of evaluating recommended actions for improvement. The French and sports management programs will be up for review in two years.


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