Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Music strengthen bonds through likeminded provosts

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Music have partnered for more than 50 years to offer students a world-class education in music. Described as providing “the intimacy of a conservatory with big school benefits,” the schools’ Joint Music Program allows CWRU and CIM to share resources, while still focusing on the strengths of each institution.

For decades, the partnership has contributed to the evolution of both schools, offering complementary—rather than competing—programs and attracting exceptional students and faculty members in the process. 

Now, with the institute’s first executive vice president and provost, Scott Harrison, on board, CIM hopes to further strengthen its reputation, challenge the status quo, and embrace forward-thinking initiatives. 

Harrison, who joined CIM in August, has found a like-minded leader in Case Western Reserve Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III. 

“Ben has welcomed me to University Circle with warmth and generosity, taking the time to get to know me as a person and as a colleague,” said Harrison. “With his vision for academic collaboration at CWRU, a passion for uniting organizations across University Circle, and a commitment to creating a more equitable educational landscape in Cleveland and nationwide, thinking big alongside Ben to achieve our shared goals will be invigorating and joyful.” 

Learn more about the provosts’ plans for the future and perspectives on working together, and how they plan to engage with the greater Cleveland community.

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