Case Western Reserve University President Eric W. Kaler and his wife, Karen, walk outdoors
Our New Leader

Trustees name Eric W. Kaler Case Western Reserve's next president.

Case Western Reserve Board Chair Fred DiSanto announced Oct. 29 that the trustees have selected former University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler (pictured above with his wife, Karen) to lead the institution as of July 1, 2021.

“Our university’s growing momentum attracted an exceptional pool of candidates,” DiSanto said. “But Eric’s unique combination of intellect, accomplishments and authenticity ultimately made him our unanimous choice to become Case Western Reserve’s next president.” 

An accomplished chemical engineer known for his affinity for metrics, Kaler led the University of Minnesota—known there as “the U”—to unprecedented growth in research, fundraising and graduation rates.

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At Case Western Reserve, our research and discovery efforts are:
globally for innovation¹
in the U.S. for research commercialization²
among private universities in NSF R&D expenditures³

¹Nature Index, 2017 | ²Brookings Institution, 2017 | ³National Science Foundation, 2017

A Campus on the Rise

The past dozen years have seen a transformation at Case Western Reserve:

CWRU students holding a You Are Welcome Here sign
More About Us

We have seven schools and a college. Nearly 12,000 students. About 7,000 faculty and staff. And more than 110,000 alumni around the world. And though we love research and statistics, we’re more than just numbers.

Overhead view of the Case Western University Campus
Campus Events

Getting the perspective of our faculty, staff, students and alumni was critical to finding our next president. We held a number of events throughout recent months to get feedback and share insights.