Frank N. Linsalata, the outgoing chair of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, and his wife, Jocelyne are donating $3 million to his alma mater, earmarking the funding to specifically enrich the undergraduate student experience on campus. A private announcement of the gift was made at Frank Linsalata's final board dinner as chair on Friday, October 17.
Linsalata, who graduated from the Case Institute of Technology in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, is the first undergraduate alumnus to serve as chair of the university's Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Board since 1999, served as vice chair in the 2003-2004 academic year and has been chair since 2004. He was also recently honored with the university's highest accolade— the University Medal.
The Linsalatas' gift of $3 million is to be allocated in two ways:
In addition to this gift, an anonymous donor matched the enthusiasm for the need for capital projects to enhance student experience with $1.5 million. "Jocelyne and I want to make sure that smart and talented students like those who attend Case Western Reserve, have the resources they need to learn and discover. Now more than ever it is important to invest in our future leaders, we are delighted that there was another donor to join us in this initiative" said Linsalata. "I am very grateful to Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata for their continued support. Even as a student at Case Institute of Technology, Frank demonstrated his leadership and dedication. This gift is just one example of his service and commitment as an alum, volunteer and outstanding leader that both Frank and Jocelyne have provided to Case Western Reserve University," said President Barbara R. Snyder. " He is an extraordinary asset to his alma mater for more than 40 years. I'm also proud to have worked closely with him and all of our board members on creating our new strategic plan: Forward Thinking over the last year-and-a-half."
Linsalata is the founder and chairman of Linsalata Capital Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity firm. He also serves as chair of Transtar Holding Company and is a director of Diversco Holdings, Inc., Lund International Holding Company, Paradigm Packaging Inc., the Tranzonic Companies and U-Line Corporation. Prior to his current positions with Linsalata Capital Partners, he had an 18-year career with Midland-Ross Corporation, where he rose through the ranks to the position of chief financial officer. Later he served as executive vice president.
Jocelyne Linsalata is a graduate of Youngstown State University where she earned her B.A. and M.B.A. She currently serves as a trustee of the Youngstown State University Foundation board, a member of the executive committee of the campaign cabinet for the Youngstown State University Centennial Campaign and a member of the visiting committee of YSU's Beeghley College of Education. Mrs. Linsalata was formerly a teacher in Canfield, Ohio.
Although his term as chairman of the board is complete, Linsalata isn't going very far. He will continue to serve on the board and in a leadership role with the university by assisting Case Western Reserve in pre-planning for a capital campaign. "It was a challenging few years, but I am proud of the search process and our president, Barbara Snyder and with the direction and momentum which is happening under her leadership" said Linsalata.