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Cleveland State University appoints two student affairs leaders

Ernest “Boyd” Yarbrough appointed Vice President, Clare Rahm appointed Associate Vice President   

June 11, 2014 – CLEVELAND – Cleveland State University has appointed Ernest “Boyd” Yarbrough, Ed.D. to the role of Vice President, Student Affairs and Clare Rahm to Associate Vice President, Student Affairs. The appointments begin July 1.

Dr. Yarbrough has served as Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs at CSU since 2013. In his permanent role he will oversee the departments of Student Life and Campus Support Services, which encompass functions across the university including student organizations, student events and activities, judicial affairs, student engagement and more.

Before arriving at CSU, Dr. Yarbrough spent 14 years at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. in senior leadership roles overseeing departments including human resources, university housing, administrative services and strategic planning. Before Furman, he worked in higher education administration at Frostburg State University and Florida State University. He received his doctorate in education from Florida State, a master of arts from Appalachian State University and completed a bachelor of arts at Furman.

“We are pleased to appoint two accomplished higher education leaders to roles that directly influence the quality of our student experience,” said CSU Provost Deirdre Mageean, Ph.D. “The alignment of these two essential groups within the university reflects our holistic approach and ongoing focus on student success.”

In a related move, Rahm, currently an Assistant Vice President in the Division of Business Affairs and Finance, will now report to Dr. Yarbrough, creating alignment among functions that support the daily activities of students. Rahm will continue to oversee residence life, dining, CSU bookstore, recreation, and parking and transportation.

Prior to joining CSU in 2005, Rahm worked for 10 years in student affairs at University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana and has also worked in administrative roles at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Wheelock College and Ohio State University. She received a bachelor of arts from Marquette University and a master’s degree in higher education from Western Illinois University.