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The PD has taken the lead making Case great again - who will follow?
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 07/07/2006 - 14:22.
Today's Plain Dealer has an editorial about the selection process for the new President of Case University that I find very exciting - partly because it shows great progress with Case, partly because it promotes a concept for the selection process that I initiated on realneo in March, and mostly because I agree completely with the PD position - "Lessons learned? - Case trustees' chairman is making the right moves as the search for a new president gets under way", and I support that "Linsalata also promised to allow the university community - both alumni and those on campus - ample opportunity to provide input on the search this fall."
However, based on the PD wording, I am concerned that Case still doesn't realize the role of the university in the regional community - the university community extends far beyond alumni and those on campus to include all their East Cleveland neighbors, and Hessler Street, and Glenville, and you and me. Whether in their pursuit of being "the world's most powerful learning environment" or just due to inconsistent leadership, Case has never well integrated into NEO - they have demolished historic buildings under cover of night, built starbucked dorms with stark fences and backs to their surrounding neighborhoods, eliminated their Center for Regional Economic Issues and Enterprise Development Incorporated, and they now take over a community garden Hessler residents have nourished for years, to build an eyesore new non-profit leadership training facility, in complete disregard and at times contempt for the community. And these are just random examples.
On the other side of social responsibility and reality, from very real NOLA, on March 4, 2006, I received my alumni bulletin from Hurricane ravaged Tulane, in New Orleans, which offered an unprecedented opportunity for Case to learn from others, and I recommended, on REALNEO, that Case leadership learn from Tulane:
Well, Case has implemented one half of my recommendation, bringing Cowen and other great University leaders together to help here. What I don't believe Case leadership realize, yet, is they we are dealing with disaster here, and it is regional, as was so clear to Tulane leaders and advisors in New Orleans.
Further, the plan advises:
From Tulane Magazine, discussing The Partnership for the Transformation of Urban Communities:
Well, Case is following. I don't know the board or trustees of Case but as someone who cares about their school and NEO I am grateful they now have access to the right experts. I will ask Cowen to report his impressions of the situation here, being the former Dean of the Case Weatherhead School, and monitor how things proceed with the planning process at Case and explore outcomes deeply. I also strongly recommend Case trustees expand the Presidents' Committee beyond selecting the President and including "those on campus" to recruit a broad group of regional community stakeholders for leading the university and our "village" down right paths in the future.
Case should leverage this moment in NEO's hard times to partner in Tulane's leadership forming the Partnership for the Transformation of Urban Communities by expanding that here, with CSU and other area institutions of learning - we now have available world-class leadership to do that and, as Cowen says, "Our focus will be on transforming and sustaining healthy communities locally, regionally and around the world".
The Cleveland Plain Dealer deserves appreciation for really pushing the trustees of Case to think and act out of the box in the restructuring and future planning of Case university. Increase the pressure across the region. Were it not for the PD, in this Case, the only place one would ever see shared consistent communication of vision for Case is from Lawrence Krauss, the Case professor who initiated the no-confidence vote that removed Hundert as President, and from Evelyn Kiefer, a Ph.D. candidate there, and Assistant to the Director of the Puttnam Sculpture Collection at Case, and a frequent contributor to REALNEO, who deserves much credit as a leading change agent for this community - both should be selected to the Presidents' Committee, for the future!
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