Presidential Transition


When will a new president be selected?

Cleveland State University began the search process in July 2017. The University hopes to make a decision on future leadership in early 2018.

How will a new president be chosen?

CSU has assembled a search committee representing multiple University and community stakeholders that will be charged with developing a job description, evaluating potential candidates and making a recommendation to the CSU Board of Trustees, which will make the final decision. The search committee is chaired by Bernie Moreno, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees. CSU has also engaged the nationally recognized executive search firm Wheless Partners to assist with the process.

How was the Presidential Search Committee selected?

The Board of Trustees delegated authority to the search committee chair to select members of the committee. It represents numerous cross segments of the campus and the broader community, including students, faculty, staff, business executives, non profit leaders and former elected officials. To learn more about the search committee click here.

Will CSU President Ronald M. Berkman be involved in the search process?

President Berkman’s insights and advice will be valuable assets as we undertake this effort. We are grateful to have his continued leadership and support through the transition process.

How can the public participate in the process?

CSU is committed to an open search process that includes significant public input. Please visit the Feedback section of this website to provide insights on what the priorities should be for the next president and what qualities and skills CSU should look for in its next leader. The University will also be holding a series of forums as the process moves forward, so please check this website regularly for updates.

Will names of candidates be released?

Confidentiality is critical to attract and maintain a strong pool of candidates. Many prospective candidates will not participate in a search unless they are assured of confidentiality because they do not want to jeopardize their effectiveness in their current positions. 

Will the University recognize President Berkman's contributions to our success?

CSU will hold a special public event to recognize President Berkman’s exemplary service and contributions to the University. Details will be announced at a later date.

What if I have questions about the presidential selection process?

Anyone who has questions is encouraged to contact Additionally, you may submit feedback through this online form.