April 21, 2008

Case Western Reserve University’s Chief Financial Officer Steps Down, New Administration Team Announced

Hossein Sadid, Case Western Reserve University’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, announced his retirement effective September 30. President Barbara Snyder has announced that John Wheeler, Vice President of Cleveland and Regional Affairs, will become Senior Vice President of Administration and John Sideras, former President and CEO of MetroHealth System, will become the Interim Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer effective May 1.

“Hossein has served this University for over 28 years with great pride,” said Snyder. “We are grateful to him for his years of service.” “It has been an honor to serve Case Western Reserve University,” said Sadid.

Sadid began his early years at Case Western Reserve as a student pursuing his studies at Weatherhead School of Management, earning his MBA in accounting and finance and a postgraduate certificate in management information systems. Working under his mentor Peter Musselman, Sadid joined Case as the director of its internal audit department and moved on to assuming key financial and operational responsibilities involving controllership, procurement, and auxiliary enterprises, and was appointed CFAO in May 2003. Sadid served as chairman of the Supplier Diversity Initiative Counsel, committed to expanding opportunities for the university to work with businesses owned by minorities and women.

John Wheeler earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve in 1964; that same year he was admitted to the Ohio Bar and joined the Cleveland firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP as an Associate. He recently retired from the firm as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Managing Partner. He joined Case Western Reserve in 2005 as the Vice President for Cleveland and Regional Affairs and is presently Mayor of Hunting Valley. Wheeler served on the boards of BioEnterprise, NorTech, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Union Club, where he had been instrumental in both a major revitalization of its facilities and diversifying membership to include more women and minorities. He is very familiar with issues in higher education, and has been a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Allegheny College.

Beginning in 1998, Sideras served as Chief Financial Officer for MetroHealth and in 2004 was appointed President and CEO. A certified public accountant, who is a graduate of John Carroll University and the University of Colorado, Sideras has dedicated his professional career to working with large, complex non-profit institutions in managing their finances.

“I am pleased that John with his background and experience will serve Case Western Reserve in this important interim role,” said Snyder.

Posted by: Paula Baughn, April 21, 2008 02:00 PM | News Topics: Administration

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