How can an urban research university serve as an anchor for its community—attracting employers and giving talent a reason to stay in the city after graduation? Cleveland State University President Harlan Sands believes that the key is to serve as a hub of innovation, aligning skills taught with the needs of a modern economy.
In this interview with Leigh Ann Gilbert, President Sands walks us through the diverse career path that led to his current role as President of Cleveland State. He talks about the value of an urban research institution as an anchor to its city, and he describes his vision for CSU as a driver of innovation. President Sands shares the previous accomplishments he is most proud of, from supporting faculty in conducting vital research to engaging students and staff in a university’s mission. Listen in for President Sands' insight on the role of student housing in creating a living and learning community on campus and learn how mentors can help you in the pursuit of lifelong learning!