January 25, 2008

Kenneth Basch led Case Western Reserve campus growth, to pursue opportunity at Wake Forest

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Kenneth A. Basch, who has led Case Western Reserve University through one of its greatest periods of campus growth, is taking on a new challenge -- at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Basch, vice president for campus planning and operations at Case Western Reserve since 2002, will become the executive director of Wake Forest properties. In his new position, Basch will manage Wake Forest's off-campus commercial, retail and residential real estate.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Ken, we will certainly miss him here at Case Western Reserve University and the Division of Finance and Administration," said Hossein Sadid, chief financial and administrative officer. "After 28 years, his accomplishments and relationships have been of great service to our institution. I know that the expectations, and culture that Ken established for high quality customer service and excellence will continue by the team of talented individuals throughout Campus Planning and Operations."

Under Basch's leadership, Case Western Reserve created and began implementing a new integrated campus master plan, which has included construction of the $126 million Village at 115 residential and athletics complex, and support of other new buildings and renovations such as Alumni House and the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations.

In addition, Basch has been instrumental in developing and completing the University's first Ten-Year Capital and Renewal program in which approximately $100 million has been invested in improvements to campus facilities and infrastructure; as well as overseeing expansion of classroom and research space in order to accommodate unprecedented growth in the university's undergraduate population. Entering class sizes have increased from around 800 first-year students overall to more than 1,000 over the last several years.

Basch also has helped establish an award-winning supplier diversity program and realized numerous sustainability and energy-saving initiatives while at Case Western Reserve.

Since 1981, Basch has held a number of administrative positions at Case Western Reserve, including associate vice president for facilities management and operations, assistant treasurer and director of administrative services.

In the interim, until the university appoints a permanent replacement is appointed, facilities, construction management and campus planning will report directly to Sadid. Risk management will report to Bob Brown, treasurer, and all other areas will report to Dick Jamieson, vice president for campus services.

Basch's last day at Case Western Reserve will be February 14. The campus community is invited to a farewell reception in his honor scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m., February 12 in the Hovorka Atrium.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, January 25, 2008 09:15 AM | News Topics: Campus Life, HeadlinesMain, Staff

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