December 15, 2006

Trustees announce Barbara Snyder as university president

Current Ohio State Provost to arrive July 1

Barbara Snyder
Barbara R. Snyder

The Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote has elected Barbara R. Snyder as the next president of Case Western Reserve University. Snyder, who began her academic career in higher education in the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, currently serves as the executive vice president and provost of The Ohio State University.

She will serve as Case Western Reserve University's next president and is the first woman to hold the office.

Frank N. Linsalata, chairman of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of the search committee, made the official announcement in a series of communications today to the University community. Snyder will begin her presidency on July 1, 2007.

"The search committee was extraordinarily pleased to present the candidacy of Barbara Snyder to the Board of Trustees. Ms. Snyder is an accomplished academician and an outstanding administrator who has served Ohio State with distinguished leadership, enthusiasm and creativity," Linsalata said. "The committee and the Board believe her wide-ranging academic and administrative experience provides her with the skills necessary for a long and successful presidency at the University."

"I am honored to be chosen to serve as president of one of the nation's finest research universities," Snyder said. "My time here on campus early in my academic career provided me with a firm understanding of the breadth and depth of scholarship at Case Western Reserve University. I am very pleased to be returning to such a vibrant and dynamic institution."

Snyder will succeed Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., who has been serving as interim president since June 1. When Snyder assumes the president's office July 1, 2007, Eastwood will resume his former role as a member of the university's Board of Trustees and will begin his six-month sabbatical at the School of Medicine Department of Bioethics. Eastwood is a 1966 alumnus of the University's School of Medicine and stepped down in June after serving over 13 years as president of the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. "The committee and the board have expressed the University's gratitude for the important job that Greg Eastwood is doing in serving as the interim president, and they acknowledge how valuable this has been to the institution and our next president," Linsalata said.

Snyder said, "Eastwood typifies the commitment the Board of Trustees has demonstrated to the university, I am grateful for their continued support. I have asked Dr. Eastwood to lead the transition team and continue as a senior advisor during his sabbatical here at the University."

As executive vice president and provost at Ohio State, Snyder is responsible for all facets of the academic programs of the university. She served in that role in an interim capacity from 2003 -2004, and was permanently named provost in 2004. Snyder also spent two years as vice provost for academic policy and human resources, during which time she also served for seven months as the interim vice president for university relations. During her tenure as a senior administrator, Ohio State improved its rank among public universities, and its annual research expenditures climbed from $496 million to $652 million.

Under her leadership, OSU addressed quality of life issues for faculty and staff, improved benefits for graduate associates and developed an initiative designed to raise the university academic stature in which 10 faculty-created programs of excellence and impact received central investment.

Snyder has been associated with The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law throughout her tenure at the university. She holds the Joanne Wharton Murphy/Classes of 1965 and 1973 Professorship in the college. She has served as the Moritz College's associate dean of academic affairs, and has also been the director of the college's former Center for Socio-Legal Studies, now known as the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies. Snyder was an assistant professor in the Case Western Reserve University School of Law from 1983 until 1986. In 1986, she was promoted to associate professor and taught here until 1988, when she joined the Moritz College of Law faculty. A specialist in rules of evidence, Snyder received the Moritz College of Law Outstanding Professor Award in 1997.

Along with Paul C. Giannelli, Weatherhead Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, Snyder is the co-author of Ohio Evidence and the Ohio Rules of Evidence Handbook.

Snyder received the B.A. in Sociology from The Ohio State University and the J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

The national search for a new president was conducted by the Case Western Reserve University presidential search committee with the assistance of Spencer Stuart, an executive search firm. Over the past several months, the committee hosted 21 open forums with alumni, faculty, staff and students on campus and around the country. The forums included alumni groups in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. Additional meetings on campus included discussions with various faculty groups; undergraduate, graduate and professional students; university administrative leaders; other university staff employees; and the executive committee of the Faculty Senate.

"The search committee benefited greatly from the information and opinions presented at the forums, not only regarding the desired attributes and character of our next president, but also about the strengths and opportunities of the university" said Linsalata.

Read the letter to the campus community from Board Chair, Frank Linsalata.

For more information contact John Hachtel, 216.368.4441.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, December 15, 2006 09:05 AM | News Topics: Campus Life, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, School of Law, Trustees

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