Board of Trustees Endorses President Berkman's Transformative Vision
The Cleveland State University Board of Trustees have announced
that it unanimously approved a three-year contract extension for CSU
President Ronald M. Berkman, who will continue to lead the University
through 2017. The extension signifies the Board's enthusiastic endorsement
of President Berkman's leadership over the past three years with full
confidence that the University will continue to prosper during his
presidency, said Robert H. Rawson Jr., chairman of the CSU Board of
“During President Berkman's tenure, Cleveland State University has
undergone a substantial rebirth,“ Rawson said. “Leading that transition,
the President has made student success and building the faculty top
President Berkman became CSU's sixth president in 2009. Since then, he has
enhanced the University through key partnerships that leverage assets
within the community and the region, including a groundbreaking
collaboration with Northeast Ohio Medical University that will foster urban
health care. President Berkman is the driving force behind CSU's Center for
Innovation in Health Professions, a state-of-the-art learning facility set
to open in 2015.
President Berkman has focused his efforts on student success, initiating
several new policies aimed at dramatically improving graduation and
retention rates, such as a robust new online degree audit program,
intensive counseling, multi-term course registration and course wait lists.
Increasing the ranks of faculty also has been at the center of the
President's academic initiatives with the recent allocation of $1 million
per year earmarked for new full-time tenure and tenure-track professors to
be placed in high-priority programs. In all, more than 24 professors have
been added to the CSU faculty.
The University's research and development expenditures have nearly
quadrupled, elevating CSU into the ranks of the top 200 U.S. universities
for R&D, and this year CSU again ranks No. 2 in the nation for Fulbright
With President Berkman at the helm, the University welcomed the largest
freshman class in its history, completed a $500-million campus makeover and
extended its reach into the heart of Cleveland's theater district with an
extensive new Arts Campus – a one-of-a-kind collaboration with several key
organizations in PlayhouseSquare.
President Berkman has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving not
only higher education in Cleveland, but also education at the primary and
secondary levels by way of the thriving Campus International School
(currently serving grades K-4) and the new STEM high school that will open
this fall on the University campus. These projects are partnerships with
the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.