Two distinguished scholars take the helm as Deans of Graduate Studies and Business Colleges

Cleveland State has two new deans, Bill Kosteas, Ph.D., and Melissa Gruys, Ph.D., appointed to their respective positions in the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Business.

Kosteas earned his Ph.D. in Economics from The Ohio State University in 2004. Kosteas has also been part of Cleveland State’s faculty since 2004 and has served as the Executive Associate Dean in the College of Graduate Studies since 2020.

His appointment became effective July 1 after the ratification by the Board of Trustees.

“Over the past three years, Dr. Kosteas has been intimately involved with various College of Graduate Studies aspects,” a press release reads. “He has played an active role in supporting the curriculum review process, updating policies, and seeing the college take a more active role in recruiting graduate students.”

Kosteas also has experience serving as the chair of the Economics Department and the program director for the Economics Master of Arts program.

College of Business

Gruys earned her Ph.D. in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota back in 2000.

Her appointment also became effective July 1.

Gruys has served at Washington State University-Vancocuver, and Wright State University as a professor and administrator.

Gruys recently served as the Dean and a Professor of Management in the Doermer School of Business at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“During the search process, I have had multiple opportunities to interact with Dr. Gruys,” Nigamanth Sridhar, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSU, said in a press release. “She brings the right skillset matched with the perfect leadership characteristics and temperament to lead our Monte Ahuja College of Business to new heights of success.”

Gruys has experience consulting for public and private sector organizations and partnering with them.

The Doermer School of Business is ranked as one of the Best Business Schools in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.