The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University’s Distinguished Alumni Award was created to recognize a graduate who has had significant success in advancing knowledge or has contributed to the welfare of humanity because of the education and training received at Case Western Reserve University. An additional criterion also requires a recipient to have directly worked toward supporting the mission and vision of the university.Yesterday, October 4, during the Grand Class Alumni Luncheon, the Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee recognized Gregory L. Eastwood (MED '66)—citing his purposeful re-envisioning of the university during his brief tenure as interim president—as the first recipient of the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Alumni Award.
As interim president, Dr. Eastwood successfully guided the university through a very public transition. According to Laura John Nosek (NUR '61, '81; GRS '86, nursing), chair of the Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee, ultimately, Dr. Eastwood's experience as an alumnus and his skillful leadership led to his selection.
Dr. Eastwood received his B.A. from Albion College and M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School and served as dean of the Medical College of Georgia and president of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. A committed and highly regarded member of the Case Western Reserve University board of trustees, Dr. Eastwood was asked to serve as the interim president of the university from 2006-2007.
"Dr. Eastwood was uniquely sensitive, as healer, to the many internal and external schisms that had divided the university, and he showed unprecedented sensitivity to the concerns of the university and to its 100,000 living alumni," Nosek said.
The most prominent alumni project Dr. Eastwood facilitated was the highly anticipated Case Western Reserve University Alumni House. Working closely with the alumni association, Dr. Eastwood negotiated the total renovation of a century home already owned by the university and located in the heart of campus. During his interim presidency, Dr. Eastwood also commissioned a task force to assess the university logo, which ultimately led to the adoption of a new design.
"Given Greg Eastwood's dedication, his agreeing to serve his alma mater in a time of crisis and for the leadership he showed during his tenure as interim president, I cannot think of a better person to receive the alumni association's first Distinguished Alumni Award," said Michael Madness (ADL '70, LAW '73), alumni association president.
Dr. Eastwood is married to Lynn Marshall Eastwood, who received her M.S. in mathematics from the university's School of Graduate Studies in 1966. He is currently the director of the university's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence located in Crawford Hall.
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