Charles Rozek, vice provost and dean of graduate studies, to retire this summer

After more than four decades serving the Case Western Reserve University community, Charles Rozek, vice provost and dean of graduate studies, will retire effective June 30. Rozek has led the university’s School of Graduate Studies since 2004.

“I believe that there comes a time when fresh ideas and perspectives can enhance the progress of the university,” Rozek said. “Handing over the leadership will facilitate this enhancement.”

In retirement, Rozek plans to enjoy more time with his wife, Sue—who he met at Case Western Reserve—and their golden retriever, Mayzie. “I am also having my 1973 Corvette restored and look forward to days of driving pleasure,” he said. “Gardening and woodworking, along with our shared interests in art collection and travel, will occupy a significant portion of our time.”

Rozek joined Case Western Reserve in 1983 as an assistant professor of biology, just three years after the inauguration of the university’s third president. Since that time, he’s experienced a great deal of change.

“During my time at the university, I’ve witnessed an increased awareness of what our graduate students need for success,” Rozek said. “This includes an emphasis on effective advising and mentoring. We have also found many ways to recognize and address mental health needs for our students.”

Among his accomplishments, Rozek established an annual awards ceremony for graduate students, improved graduate student education through increased mentoring and annual reviews, and created a Professional Development Center for graduate students. Additionally, he worked to enhance the experiences of postdoctoral fellows and scholars.

“Our campus and community have benefited from Chuck’s guidance both as a faculty member and as a leader,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Joy K. Ward. “During his long career, he has always put students first, and he leaves behind a strong legacy of advancements in graduate education.”

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