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Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder

President Barbara R. Snyder


Barbara R. Snyder became president of Case Western Reserve University in 2007. Since her arrival, Snyder has encouraged interdisciplinary excellence, catalyzed institutional collaboration and reinvigorated alumni engagement and fundraising.

During her tenure, the university has tripled undergraduate applications, become twice as selective and dramatically improved the academic credentials of the entering class. Case Western Reserve reached the $1 billion goal of Forward Thinking, the university’s capital campaign, two-and-a-half years ahead of schedule. The Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to expand the campaign to $1.5 billion. Among the highlights of the university’s capital campaign are dramatic increases in the number of endowed professorships and student support, as well as additional new building projects. In 2014, the university opened the $50 million, 89,000-square-foot Tinkham Veale University Center, as well as the 24,000-square-foot Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center. It also began renovations on the space that will be the new home for think[box], a $30 million, 55,000-square-foot innovation hub.

In 2013, Case Western Reserve entered into a historic partnership with Cleveland Clinic to develop a 485,000-square-foot Health Education Campus including the university’s schools of medicine, nursing and dental medicine. In addition to the university’s collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve is also engaged in a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art to establish a globally recognized institute dedicated to innovative education and training of future curators in the history of art and its practice in art museums. And, we recently announced an initiative with Cuyahoga Community College to support a humanities pipeline program to develop a targeted and robust pathway for students to pursue a terminal degree in the humanities, which builds on our earlier STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pipeline programs.

Snyder began her academic career as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve’s School of Law, then joined the faculty of Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. After serving in several leadership positions at Moritz and within the central university, Snyder became OSU’s Interim Executive Vice President and Provost in 2003 before securing the permanent position the following year. She graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she served as executive editor of its law review, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State.

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