Ben Vinson III to become Howard University’s 18th president

Case Western Reserve President Eric W. Kaler announced today that Provost Ben Vinson III will step down June 30 to lead Howard University, a nationally renowned historically Black institution in Washington, D.C.

“We congratulate Ben on this exceptional accomplishment,” Kaler said, “and thank him for his many contributions to our university—among them, the Think Big strategic plan, development of new undergraduate General Education Requirements and launch of North Star initiatives for faculty hiring and graduate student recruitment.”

Vinson joined Case Western Reserve in 2018 after serving five years as dean of George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. He previously held leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University, and served on the faculties of Pennsylvania State University and Barnard College.

“I have treasured my time at Case Western Reserve,” Vinson said. “The people, the energy and the deep commitment to collaboration here all make this campus a uniquely special place to teach, learn and discover.”

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