CLEVELAND — Case Western Reserve University has a new President.
The school's Board Chair, Fred DiSanto announced that former University of Minnesota President, Eric W. Kaler, will take over operations beginning in July of 2021.
“Our university’s growing momentum attracted an exceptional pool of candidates,” DiSanto said. “But Eric’s unique combination of intellect, accomplishments and authenticity ultimately made him our unanimous choice to become Case Western Reserve’s next president.
Kaler, who holds a background in chemical engineering, helped to boost the University of Minnesota's graduation rates and fundraising during his tenure.
"Kaler holds 10 patents, has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his leadership in engineering and in higher education," a press release from the school reads, "He was a member of the inaugural class of the National Academy of Inventors. He also is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Chemical Society."
The University of Minnesota alumnus said he began to take interest in CWRU after learning about the school's strengths and struggles, as well as their missions going forward.
“There is a tremendous fit,” Kaler said, noting his work in elevating research, collaborating with hospital systems, and encouraging entrepreneurship, among other areas. “Once I looked, I got more excited... [and thought] I’m really made for this job.
The new addition to the school will be inaugurated at a later date due to rising COVID-19 cases within Cuyahoga County.