Case Western Reserve University announced this week the appointment of David Fleshler to the new position of associate provost for international affairs. The appointment represents a major step in fulfilling the goal of advancing international programs as outlined in the university's strategic plan.
Fleshler, most recently a consultant for the Ohio Board of Regents where he worked on efforts to globalize Ohio's universities, says he'll build on the university's already extensive international reach in areas such as research, academic study and business development.
"One of the exciting features about Case Western Reserve is that it has a wide array of outstanding international initiatives already in motion," says Fleshler. "My goal will be to help draw it all together, work with leadership across the university to provide strategic direction, and maximize impact."
Fleshler's many objectives include working with public, private and nonprofit organizations to assure the university is an integral part of international economic strategy locally and throughout the state. He also aims to grow the ranks of international and study-abroad students, extend global research partnerships, increase research and other funding from sources outside the United States, and expand on relationships with alumni around the globe.
"I look forward to reaching out to the university community," Fleshler says, adding that he hopes to contribute to even greater collaboration among schools and departments. "In my first months on the job I expect to spend much time listening to those engaged in international work and learning about programs across the university. I invite faculty, students and staff to be actively engaged in internationalizing the university and share their thoughts and ideas."
Case Western Reserve Provost William A. "Bud" Baeslack says a global emphasis is key to the university's strategic plan, "Forward Thinking," and expects this added focus on international affairs to have a significant impact close to home.
"This position will help the university become an even greater participant in efforts to internationalize the region and boost economic development," Baeslack says. "We're excited about the experience and energy David will bring."
Fleshler comes to the university with extensive international-relations experience. At the Board of Regents, he led the statewide effort to internationalize both public and private universities; he helped establish key centers of excellence, such as the University of Akron's BioInnovation Institute; and he worked to extend resources for commercialization and entrepreneurship. Fleshler was also chief of staff to former U.S. Congressman Eric Fingerhut and spent eight years at the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, where he led its international efforts, which included establishing partnerships with organizations in Israel, Hungary, Russia and elsewhere.
In addition to his appointment at Case Western Reserve, Fleshler will continue to contribute to the Board of Regents' statewide global-relations efforts.
"I am pleased that David has agreed to continue his work with us as we make Ohio the leading state in the nation for international higher education opportunities," says Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.
Fleshler received his law degree from the Boston College Law School and anticipates teaching a course at Case Western Reserve related to internationalization and law.
He begins at Case Western Reserve on May 18.
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