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Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. SnyderPresident Barbara R. Snyder:
A Brief Biography

Barbara R. Snyder became president of Case Western Reserve University on July 1, 2007. A professor who began her academic career as a faculty member at our School of Law, she returned to campus committed to increasing academic excellence, enhancing faculty collaboration, and improving alumni engagement.

During her tenure, the university has set all-time records for annual fundraising and new gifts. Alumni and friends have dramatically increased donations and pledges each year, allowing the university to reach historic highs each fiscal year since 2010.  In 2011, the university launched a $1 billion capital campaign, Forward Thinking, with more than 90 percent of the goal raised by September 2013.

Under President Snyder’s leadership, undergraduate applications have risen by more than 150 percent in five years to more than 18,400 in 2013, and the university has welcomed the most academically accomplished and diverse classes in its history.

In 2011, the Huffington Post named Case Western Reserve among the nation’s nine trendiest colleges, and in 2013, Washington Monthly magazine ranked the university fourth among institutions that contribute to the common good. Case Western Reserve is ranked 37th by U.S. News & World, up four spots from 2007.

Snyder assumed the Case Western Reserve presidency after serving as Executive Vice President and Provost of The Ohio State University, and as Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law for 19 years. Previously, she spent five years teaching law at Case Western Reserve, and she began her career at the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin.

Snyder graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as executive editor of its law review, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State.

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