Robert L. Solomon, Esq. began his tenure at Case Western Reserve University in February 3, 2020. He formerly served as assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Solomon served on the office’s executive leadership team and helped execute policies and practices aimed at enhancing the institution’s culture, climate and curriculum with regard to inclusive excellence. He also worked with multiple university offices—among them enrollment services, undergraduate education, human resources and student life—in developing and reaching diversity goals.
Prior to assuming the assistant provost role in 2015, Solomon spent 14 years as the inaugural chief diversity officer for OSU’s Moritz College of Law. In that role he worked with faculty and staff to support inclusive hiring approaches and also worked to support and increase engagement among racial and ethnic minority students, LGBTQ students, women, veterans and students from faith-based affinity groups.
A native of Akron, Solomon grew up dreaming of being the first in his family to earn a college degree. In 1985 he received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Lipscomb University, and three years later received his juris doctorate from OSU. Early in his career, He practiced law on behalf of the state of Ohio and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and also served as a county magistrate.
Since 1995, however, he has worked in multiple roles to advance the mission of higher education, in particular with regard to engaging and developing young people in an inclusive manner. As Moritz’s dean of admissions and financial aid, for example, he led efforts that increased the law school’s proportion of minority student enrollment by nearly 40%; at the university level, he led efforts that grew the yield of students admitted under OSU’s prestigious diversity/merit scholars undergraduate scholarship program from 29 to 41% among African-American students and from 20 to 32% among Latinx students.
Solomon and Dinessa, his wife of 29 years, co-founded the nonprofit Foundations for Families and lead the Marriage and Family Ministry. They have two children, Robert III (“Lee”), also a Lipscomb University graduate and a minor league baseball player in the San Diego Padres organization, and Allegra, a senior at Ohio University.