Cleveland State University has appointed Berinthia R. LeVine to the position of Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the CSU Foundation, Inc., reporting directly to President Ronald M. Berkman. The appointment is effective mid-May.
"Berinthia LeVine brings a strong background in advancement leadership to the University at a time when philanthropic support for scholarships is a top priority. With her stellar reputation both locally and nationally, her distinguished career and outstanding success as a fundraiser in the Greater Cleveland community, I am confident she will provide effective leadership to our advancement team and bring a new level of philanthropic support to our University," said Dr. Berkman.
LeVine comes to Cleveland State University from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, where she has held leadership positions since 1995, most recently as vice president, executive office, working with the Federation president. She was recruited to grow the Federation's financial resource development program. During her tenure at the Federation, she contributed to the significant growth of its endowment, leading an initiative that created a pipeline of current and deferred gifts in excess of $275 million. Additionally, she oversaw a multi-year, multi-million dollar comprehensive capital, endowment and programmatic fundraising campaign that has raised or leveraged over $179 million community-wide to date.
"Exciting things are happening at CSU - initiatives that bode well for the community. I look forward to helping provide the philanthropic resources for current and future endeavors and enhancing CSU's ability to attract private support, something that all public institutions will increasingly need in the years ahead," said LeVine.
Prior to being recruited to the Jewish Federation, LeVine was recruited to Montefiore Home/Montefiore Foundation in Beachwood, where she was instrumental in growing the current and deferred fundraising programs. In addition, she was with Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management for eight years where, as director of annual giving and alumni relations, she oversaw the significant growth of both programs.
LeVine holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU.
A current member and past board member of a number of local and national professional organizations, LeVine has been a frequent local and national speaker on various philanthropic topics.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
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