Cleveland State hires Nigamanth Sridhar as next Provost

Cleveland State hires Nigamanth Sridhar as next Provost – Credit: Matt Keyerleber

Cleveland State University and President Laura Bloomberg are set to hire Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar as the next Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. His appointment will be presented to the Board of Trustees on Jan. 26, where his hiring is expected to be ratified.

Sridhar had served in the position on an interim basis when Bloomberg left the position in May to take the job as president when former president Harlan Sands and the university agreed to part ways.

Sridhar was previously at CSU from 2004-2017 as a professor and as Dean of our College of Graduate Studies from 2017 to 2020. In 2020, Sridhar left to become the Program Director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation before returning in May.

Bloomberg decided to hire Sridhar in the full-time role after conversations with the deans, the Faculty Senate, the President’s cabinet, the Academic Affairs leadership team, and the Board of Trustees, who all fully endorsed Sridhar for the position. 

“I believe CSU will benefit substantially from Dr. Sridhar’s years-long dedication to the faculty and students of this University, his knowledge of higher education research, and his dedication to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio,” Bloomberg said in a statement. 

Sridhar has led many initiatives since taking the interim position that will significantly change what the university looks like. Sridhar has hired new deans while initiating a faculty-led process to review CSU’s undergraduate curriculum.

The advancement of CSU 2.0 realignment of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health, and Levin College of Public Affairs and Education has taken significant steps under Sridhar.

“I look forward to Dr. Sridhar’s continued leadership as we advance the mission of Cleveland State University,” Bloomberg said.