Harlan Sands Out As President of Cleveland State University

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CLEVELAND - Harlan Sands is out as president of Cleveland State University.  He became the seventh president of CSU on January 29, 2018, serving more than four years as head of the urban university. Before coming to CSU, Sands was the vice dean of finance and administration, chief financial officer and chief administration officer at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

In a press release, Cleveland State says they “mutually agreed that it was best that Sands and the university part ways over differences regarding how the university should be led in the future.”

Replacing Sands will be Laura Bloomberg, Ph.D. Bloomberg has been with CSU since last fall when she became Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She previously served eight years as Dean and as Associate Dean of the Humbert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

“We are very pleased that in Dr. Bloomberg we have an energetic, dynamic and highly qualified academic leader already within our ranks who is exceedingly prepared to lead this university as it emerges from a very challenging period.” Said David Reynolds, CSU Board of Trustees Chairman.

Bloomberg becomes the second women’s president in the university’s history. Claire Van Ummersen was CSU president from 1993-2001. 

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