Cleveland State University
A Message from the President

January 2012

To underscore the University's commitment to engaged learning, I am proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Byron White to the newly created position of vice president for University Engagement. Dr. White is a former vice chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents and a former associate vice president for Community Engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

In this new position, Dr. White will develop and execute a strategic plan for community engagement intended to enhance and extend the many important partnerships CSU has established in recent years. He will work to increase cooperatives and internships for students and participate in outreach opportunities that contribute to University and community objectives.  He will play a key role in developing programs that align the University more closely with the needs of our neighborhoods and the region.

One of Dr. White's primary responsibilities will be to oversee CSU's new partnership with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).  Approximately one third of Dr. White's salary will be paid through a recent grant from the Cleveland Foundation awarded to support the NEOMED partnership. Funds from this grant, in addition to an administrative reorganization, will result in an aggregate savings on vice presidential salaries for the University.  

Dr. White is a former journalist, who transitioned from a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune to the paper's senior manager of community relations.  He earned a doctorate in education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in social science from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor's in journalism from Ohio University.   
Engaged learning is about building bridges to the community for our students. It is an approach to education that extends the learning process beyond the classroom to give our students real-world experience and a pipeline to jobs in the region. I am excited that Dr. White will be leading this charge.  Please join me in welcoming him to our campus on Feb. 6.  

Ronald M. Berkman
Cleveland State University 

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