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March 21, 2013

CSU appoints Deirdre Mageean as provost

By Brittney Schmies

After an extensive search involving more than 60 candidates, Cleveland State University has made a selection for the position of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Deirdre Mageean, who visited Cleveland State in February to take part in a forum where she outlined her vision and plan as provost, has been chosen to fill the position.

“I’m very honored and very excited…it’s a good opportunity, and there is a great spirit about the place [Cleveland State],” Mageean said.

The selection was made by a committee including Cleveland State senior leaders, faculty and student representatives. Mageean said she was very impressed with the student leadership at Cleveland State during the interviewing process.

Dr. Mageean holds three degrees including a doctorate in geography from the Open University in England. Her career spans over 40 years during which time she has held numerous titles including director of Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy.

She was also associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maine. Mageean has also taught courses in resource economics and policy and public administration.

Currently she serves as vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at East Carolina University. In this role she plays a direct role in issues relating to research, graduate education, academic engagement and economic development. All areas Mageean addressed in her forum of areas of achievement and improvement at Clevelan State as part of her vision and plan.

“Engagement is something very close to my heart,” Mageean said.

Having forged ways of engagement in her current position, all the engagement opportunities surrounding Cleveland State is something she is excited about and plans to continue and enhance.

Another thing Mageean is looking forward to while in Cleveland is the lake. Mageean has lived around water her whole life and is a sailor herself—Lake Erie offers her a new kind of water to explore.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges of the lake, it’s a lake with character,” Mageean said.

The urban setting of Cleveland State is something Mageean cites as a benefit to the campus as an area of interest in her role at the university. The possibility to form partnerships with the community is something she sees as a tremendous opportunity.

“I am confident that Dr. Mageean not only will elevate CSU to new levels of academic success, but will strengthen our engagement with the community and beyond as we continue to build a best-in-class urban university,” Dr. Berkman said in a president’s message.

Although Dr. Mageean’s appointment doesn’t officially being until July 2013, she will be traveling to Cleveland State during May, June and July to prepare for her role as provost.