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Cleveland State Selects Michael Schwartz as President.

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ --

The yearlong search for a new president of Cleveland State University ended today with the unanimous selection of Dr. Michael Schwartz, who has been serving as interim president of CSU since May.

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David G. Hill, chairman of the CSU board of trustees, announced Dr. Schwartz's selection following an executive session of the board.

"This is the most important decision a board of trustees can make," said Hill. "I am pleased to announce the selection of Michael Schwartz to lead Cleveland State University forward. He has done an outstanding job as interim president and I am confident that he has the talent and abilities to make the University even greater than it is today."

The national search attracted more than 65 candidates. The finalists were Dr. Schwartz; Glenn Corlett, dean of the College of Business at Ohio University; and Dr. James Harris, president of Defiance College.

Dr. Schwartz, president emeritus of Kent State University, holds a Ph.D. in sociology, an M.A. in industrial relations and a B.S. in psychology, all from the University of Illinois.

He served as KSU president from 1982-90, when he stepped down to return to teaching. He came to Kent in 1976 as vice president for graduate studies and research. He was later appointed vice president for academic and student affairs, and provost in 1980.

Before joining Kent, he was affiliated with Florida Atlantic University, Wayne State University and Indiana University.

As interim president of CSU, Dr. Schwartz has championed a campus climate of service to students and open communication. He also has been highly visible, initiating monthly faculty chats, open forums with the campus community, and visits to local high schools.

CSU's presidential search process began last December after former President Claire Van Ummersen announced she was leaving at the end of the academic year to become vice president and director of the American Council on Education's Office of Women in Higher Education.

Cleveland State University is a comprehensive urban university committed to providing an education of high quality to students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests and needs. Located in downtown Cleveland, Cleveland State University offers 117 undergraduate and graduate programs that include business administration, arts and sciences, engineering, education, law and urban affairs. Some 16,000 students attend Cleveland State.

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