CSU PRESIDENT TO RETIRE JULY 1, JOIN FOUNDATION
CLEVELAND, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland State University President John A. Flower announced today, that he will retire as president effective July 1.
Flower is expected to assume the presidency of the CSU Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization which raises funds for the university.
"The need for additional funding from the private sector has reached the critical phase," Flower said. "CSU has seen its state support cut by $4.4 million since February 1991, and we are anticipating further substantial cuts after July 1. Now more than ever it is essential that we work with the private sector to raise funds to help CSU maintain and improve the quality of its programs.
"CSU provides a larger share of the educated work force for greater Cleveland than any other university. Its continued strength is crucial to our community."
Flower, 71, announced in September of 1991 that he planned to retire this year when a successor had been chosen.
"While I had intended to remain in place as CSU President until a permanent successor is named, I am now secure in the belief that the university will be in good hands. At this point in the university's history I can be of greatest service to CSU and the community by joining those dedicated to raising funds that will assure the university's future," Flower said.
Flower is to be elected a director and appointed president of the CSU Foundation. He will receive no pay in either capacity. Flower's selection for both posts will be made official by the foundation's board of directors at a May 1 meeting.
The purpose of the CSU Foundation, which has been in existence since 1978, is to provide support for the expansion and development of the university. The foundation solicits and receives gifts for the university and distributes them according to the donors' wishes. The foundation is not a part of the university; it is a private, non- profit corporation.
D. Van Skilling, executive vice president and general manager of TRW Information Systems, currently serves as foundation chairman and president. There are 58 trustees, mainly corporate and civic leaders from greater Cleveland.
There is extensive coordination of efforts between the foundation and the university regarding fund-raising. The two are working together on CSU's first campaign to raise endowment funds, which is currently in the early phase of solicitation.
"I am pleased that John Flower has decided to turn his talents directly to raising funds and representing the foundation in the community, statewide and nationally," Skilling said. "With his high visibility and exceptional communication skills, John will be a great asset to the foundation and its mission."
Dr. John A. Flower
Dr. John A. Flower, professor of music for four decades, has been serving as president of Cleveland State University since July 1, 1988. For the 15 years immediately preceding his appointment as president, Flower served as the chief academic officer of the university.
Flower has served in key academic posts at Kent State University -- Dean of the Blossom Festival School of Music and Associate Provost -- and the University of Michigan. He was Cleveland State's vice president for academic affairs from 1973-88 and added the title Provost, or chief academic officer, in 1979. He was responsible for the academic operations of Cleveland State's seven colleges, which currently include 565 full-time faculty, about 300 part-time faculty, and 19,100 students.
Flower is a noted pianist with numerous concert performances to his credit. He is one of a handful of college presidents in the country who come from a fine arts discipline.
The Cleveland State president is a native of the state of Washington and a graduate of the University of Washington. He earned two master of music degrees from the University of Michigan, one in piano and one in theory of music. He also studied at the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France.
Flower began his teaching career in 1951 at the University of Michigan, where he earned his Ph.D. in musicology in 1956. He rose from instructor of music to associate dean. In 1955 Flower received the University of Michigan's Rackham Faculty Research Award and in 1960 its Distinguished Teaching Award.
Flower's academic career was delayed by a stint as a fighter- bomber pilot in World War II. Coming full circle, he recently completed a two-year term as chairman of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, a fledgling consortium of nine Ohio universities working closely with the NASA Lewis Research Center, the Air Force Research and Development Center in Dayton, and Ohio's aerospace industries.
Flower has written articles and research reports on topics ranging from composer Paul Hindemith to the Beatles and "Beatlemania." He has presented scholarly papers in Western and Eastern Europe, South America and the Far East. He has also worked on academic accreditation reviews of more than 125 colleges and universities around the country.
As president, Flower has addressed topics as diverse as ethics in academia, minority recruitment and retention, and the role of athletics in colleges today. A particular focus has been the role of an urban university and its community links. He has been deeply involved in the university's fund raising efforts.
Flower has been actively involved in some two dozen local civic and cultural organizations ranging from the greater Cleveland Growth Association to the Cleveland Play House and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable.
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