Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore: A Legacy of Leadership

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After 20 years of leadership as dean of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and 46 years as a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Grover “Cleve” Gilmore is retiring on June 30, 2021. Gilmore has been integral to numerous university successes—his visionary leadership has propelled the Mandel School into a future of educational excellence, innovation, enhanced financial security and distinguished service.

Throughout his tenure, Gilmore achieved many accomplishments including launching an undergraduate social work minor, adding six research and training centers, and initiating the university’s first short-term study abroad program. Gilmore also helped establish the university’s first online degree program, garnered a goal-shattering $44 million in a capital campaign, secured 38 new endowed scholarships—increasing the number from the time of his arrival from 16 to 54—and oversaw the renovation and expansion of the building, providing the school with the most technologically-advanced classrooms on campus.

Most recently, the school carried out its mission and continued to safely provide critically-needed community services during a public health pandemic. The Mandel School recently launched a new generalist social work curriculum—the product of years of work by many faculty members. The Mandel School’s generalist curriculum is anticipated to be a new template for social work education nationally.

Under Gilmore’s leadership, the Mandel School also consistently ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 social work schools in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio.

Celebrating Dean Gilmore: A Legacy of Leadership

On May 6, we honored Dean Gilmore's legacy at Celebrating Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore: A Legacy of Leadership, a special virtual retirement celebration recognizing his many accomplishments and friendships made over the years. A Tribute Book and Tribute Video premiered at the event, and Gilmore was presented with his very own authentic "Gilmore 21" Cleveland Indians jersey, as a devoted team fan and in honor of his love of baseball.

Watch the event recording

Download the Tribute Book

    Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore Scholarship Campaign

    Dean Gilmore in full regalia with students wearing graduation regalia

    The Dean Gilmore Scholarship Campaign concluded on June 30th and we are delighted to share that thanks to the exceptional response from our Alumni, Faculty, Staff and friends like you we exceeded the original $1 million goal. The final attainment was $2,043,849.28! 
    Though the campaign has ended, the critical need for increasing scholarship support for our students continues. Please know that you still have the opportunity to give. Increasing financial aid breaks down barriers to accessing The Mandel School's exceptional education, helps to attract the best and brightest students, and relieves the stress of tuition debt. Please see below for some of the many available funds to support. Thank you for your contribution and support of the school!

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    Scholarship Funding Opportunities

    Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore Scholarship Fund

    A special named fund has been created to recognize Dean Gilmore's legacy. It will provide scholarship support for Mandel Students. Should this endowed fund reach $1 million, the annual income will provide full tuition for one student per year in perpetuity.

    The Mandel School Annual Fund

    Provides immediate cash scholarship support for Mandel School students.

    The Mandel School Endowed Scholarship Fund

    Also called the Centennial Endowed Scholarship Fund, this fund provides ongoing scholarship support to Mandel School students.

    The Mandel School Leadership Fellows

    This cutting-edge program presently provides full tuition for seven exceptionally-qualified, highly-motivated candidates who are interested in leadership, best-practice approaches to human service delivery and community practice, and making a positive influence in the world.  This is a highly sought-after program that we would like to expand to include more students.

    The Steven A. and Dolly Minter Scholarship Fund

    Alumnus Steven A. Minter (MSSA ‘63) was a trailblazing leader in government and philanthropy, a transformational force in Cleveland, and a steadfast and passionate supporter of the Mandel School. Dolly and Steve created this fund in 2015 and made scholarship support part of their planned giving strategy. Making a gift to the Steven A. and Dolly Minter Scholarship Fund will help to achieve both Steve's and Cleve's vision of increased support for Mandel students.

    The Nonprofit Leaders Scholarship Fund

    Provides scholarships to MNO (Master of Nonprofit Organizations) and CNM (Certificate in Nonprofit Management) students.

    The Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Development Scholarship Fund

    In honor of Louis Stokes' outstanding achievements and his dedication to the advancement of minority students and communities in Cleveland, the Stokes Fellowship provides one full tuition award per year to an exceptional under-represented minority student. It encourages working minority professionals to seek the education and leadership tools they need to make a real, lasting impact on their communities. Supporting the Stokes Fellowship will continue this legacy in perpetuity, educating a pipeline of stellar community-development leaders for decades to come. The Stokes Fellows are part of the Mandel School's Leadership Fellows Program.

    The Trauma Center and NMT Fellowship Endowed Scholarship Fund

    The Mandel School's Center on Trauma and Adversity's NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) Fellowship Endowed Scholarship Fund is the first in the nation to comprehensively train and certify social work students in the NMT model—a developmentally-sensitive, brain-based, trauma-informed approach to clinical problem solving that integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform work with children, families and the communities in which they live.

    Create your own named scholarship fund or support an existing scholarship fund

    Should you like to create your own named scholarship fund, let us know! Only $25,000 will ensure your legacy of support for students for decades to come. You can also donate to any existing scholarship fund and have your gift count towards Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore’s Scholarship Campaign. Any and all contributions will help make a difference, and are deeply appreciated.

    Making a Gift to the Mandel School

    For more information or if you have questions about making a gift to the Mandel School, please contact Anne Marie Kollander, Associate Dean of Development and External Affairs, at or 216.368.2311.

    Learn about the Special 2021 Tax Incentives for Giving, including extended provisions from the CARES Act. 

    We would like to recognize the dedicated members of our Dean’s Recognition Committee, whose time and leadership are making these initiatives possible.

    • Dr. Sandra Turner, Chair
    • Mrs. Paula Atwood
    • Ms. Jane Daroff
    • Mr. Dean Fazekas
    • Dr. Denise Gibson
    • Dr. Victor Groza
    • Mr. Steve Hoffman
    • Mrs. Dianne Hunt
    • Dr. Lenore Kola
    • Mrs. Susan LaPine
    • Ms. India Pierce Lee
    • Ms. Marcia Levine
    • Ms. Holley Martens
    • Dr. David Miller
    • Dr. Sharon Milligan
    • Mrs. Gayle Noble
    • Mrs. Margie Wheeler
    • Ms. JoAnn White
    • Mr. David Wittkowsky
    • Dr. John Yankey