Case Western Reserve's Next Leader

To Our Alumni:

I am pleased to announce that we have found Case Western Reserve University’s next leader, former University of Minnesota president Eric W. Kaler.

An accomplished chemical engineer, Kaler dramatically increased research, industry engagement and graduation rates during his eight years at the 67,000-student institution. He also kept tuition increases below the inflation rate during his tenure, including two years when he kept it flat.

Kaler emerged as our top choice after a nine-month process that began with extensive stakeholder engagement regarding the university’s strengths and opportunities—as well as the kind of leadership needed to accelerate our momentum. I want to thank the more than 500 of you who participated in a survey involving these questions; your ideas and comments played an essential part in the work of our 13-member search committee—which itself included nine CWRU graduates.

Once the search process began, we quickly learned that Case Western Reserve’s substantial progress over the past 13 years had made our presidency even more appealing than we could have hoped.  The candidate pool included sitting presidents and provosts, as well as other exceptional academic leaders. The more we engaged with Eric, though, the more we saw close alignment between our priorities and his skills and experiences.

As it turned out, Eric also felt a match with our institution; he starts July 1 of next year.

Unfortunately, our region’s rapidly climbing COVID-19 case count prevents us from welcoming Eric in person this week, but we look forward to providing a proper campus introduction when pandemic conditions improve.  For now, you can read more about Eric on our president search website; we will share updates as we have them.


Fred DiSanto
Chair, Board of Trustees and President Search Committee