Who’s new and who’s who: Recapping CSU’s recent hirings, firings, and more

Dr. Laura Bloomberg fills Provost position

Dr. Laura Bloomberg joins CSU as SVP of Academic Affairs and Provost. Photo courtesy of Cleveland State University

Following a national search, Dr. Laura Bloomberg, most recently of the University of Minnesota, was selected as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. This appointment follows news that previous provost Jianping Zhu would step down from the position and return to a faculty role as a professor of mathematics this semester, Fall 2021.

Bloomberg was previously Professor and Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her experience and accomplishments in this role will give her insight into the execution of CSU 2.0, she made clear in the finalist forums this summer.

“Her grasp of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, her passion for student success, and most importantly, her understanding of and commitment to our vision for CSU makes her the right choice to continue building and promoting our special brand of “Engaged Learning,” said CSU President Harlan Sands.

Dr. Bloomberg’s first day is September 1st.

David Jewell joins CSU as CFO

David Jewell, SVP of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer. Photo courtesy of Cleveland State University.

David Jewell, will fill the roles of Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer. He is an experienced higher education finance executive, and most recently Deputy Vice President for Finance at the University of Wyoming.

According to President Sands, Jewell will play a vital role in implementing CSU 2.0–the university’s expansive five year growth plan. The plan places finances at its core, with goals such as investing in research, increasing student financial aid, and expanding campus facilities, among many others.

Jewell has previously held positions at Vanderbilt University and worked as a higher education consultant for clients such as Brown University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Florida, Drexel University, George Mason University, and Queen’s University.

Student Affairs to see major restructuring

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell joins the university in September. Photo: Cleveland State University

A new Vice President role- VP for Campus Engagement, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion- and Special Assistant to the President, was announced in late August, consolidating several roles. The new position will oversee “student facing support services, including the offices of Residence Life, Health & Wellness Services, Counseling Center, Disability Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, Veterans Center, LGBTQ Office, Women’s Center & Student Center, Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Institution Equity, and the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.”

Filling this position is Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, who joins CSU from the University of Toledo, where he served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for the past five years. Dr. Cockrell has a background at urban universities, having worked at Jackson State University- Mississippi’s only urban university- as well as earning his doctorate in urban higher education.

The new position merges several roles on campus. The roles currently held by Dr. Shannon Greybar Milliken, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Dr. Ronnie Dunn, Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, are among them. Dr. Dunn will return to the College of Urban Affairs as Executive Director of the Diversity Institute & Associate Professor.

Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Student Engagement, Dr. Timeka Rashid, also recently left CSU. She joined Baldwin Wallace University as Vice President for Student Affairs in June.

Student supports see staff departures

Many of the offices and services overseen by the new VP role have seen recent departures of top staff members.

Former Director of the Counseling Center Katherine Oh has left the position following controversy over the University’s decision to seek a request for proposals, exploring the potential for outsourcing the service. Brittany Sommers, former group coordinator for the Counseling Center (not to be confused with student trustee Brittany Sommers), has been promoted to Interim Director.

Former Director of the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), Rachel Lutner, has left CSU to join Case Western Reserve University as the Senior Associate Vice President for Equity. Associate Director of OIE LaJuan Flores will be Interim Director.

Assistant Director of resource centers Jillian Keller left CSU at the beginning of August. She worked closely with the Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Center and Lift Up Vikes! Food Pantry and Resource Center.

Joshua Burns, Director of Military and Veteran Success, has also left the university.

Attorney and Cleveland-Marshall Alum appointed to Board of Trustees

Starkoff was appointed to the CSU Board of Trustees this month. Photo: Cleveland State University

Alan G. Starkoff, a Columbus attorney and senior counsel at the law firm Ice MillerLLP, has been appointed to the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees. He is an alumnus of CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he graduated in 1975. He has over 45 years of legal experience.

“From groundbreaking research to preparing the workforce of tomorrow, Cleveland State makes a tremendous impact in Northeast Ohio and across the entire state,” Starkoff said. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the board, and I thank Governor DeWine for this opportunity.”


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