Vice Provost and University Librarian search committee chairs, members announced

Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III today announced that Case School of Engineering Dean Ragu Balakrishnan and Associate Provost for Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education and Research Tyler Reimschisel will co-chair the committee leading the search for Case Western Reserve’s next Vice Provost and University Librarian.

Balakrishnan, who has served as dean since 2018, is a visionary strategic thinker and practitioner who came to CWRU from Purdue University where he led the electrical and computer engineering program. Under his leadership, the program saw growth in both undergraduate enrollment and research funding. Now, his leadership at CWRU has helped to make the Case School of Engineering one of the premier engineering schools in the nation.

Reimschisel joined the university in the summer of 2019 and brings a broad range of leadership experiences in clinical and academic settings, as well as a passion and enthusiasm for learning. He has an extensive record of collaborative leadership and career-long commitment to health sciences education. He has been recognized for his compelling vision and enthusiastic focus on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

“We are so pleased that Ragu and Tyler have taken on the role of co-chair for the search committee. Their skills are both unique and complementary,” Provost Vinson said. “I am confident they—in tandem with the entire search committee—will lead us down the right path.”

The committee’s other members are:

  • Timothy Beal, Chair and Professor, Department of Religious Studies
  • Francesca Brittan, Associate Professor, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Marel Corredor-Hyland, Diversity, Campus Partners and HR Development Team Leader
  • Arlishea Fulton, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel
  • Taylor McClaskie, PhD Student
  • Tina Oestreich, Senior Director, Teaching and Learning Technologies
  • Clare Rimnac, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Julian Rogers, Executive Director, Local Government and Community Relations
  • Melvin Smith, Professor, Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management; Faculty Director of Executive Education

The committee will now begin drafting the position specification for the next Vice Provost and University Librarian. Listening sessions will be held with campus constituents to hear what qualifications they would like to see in the new Vice Provost. These sessions will be announced in The Daily as soon as they are scheduled.

The firm of Storbeck Search is assisting the university in this process.