Harlan Sands named Cleveland State's 7th president

(Source: WOIO)
(Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland State University has named Harlan M. Sands as its new president.

Sands, a Navy vet who served during Operation Desert Storm, is the vice dean and CFO of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the university's seventh president and will begin his tenure on July 1.

Cleveland State is the latest university in Ohio to get new leadership.

He will be leaving the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania -- the number one business school in the world.

He will be replacing Ronald Berkman, who's leaving after a nine year run.

"I'm looking forward to see if I can still write, get back to a classroom. I really love teaching," said Berkman.

"I've watched Cleveland State grow. I'm really impressed with its trajectory. For what I've done in my career, the mission of the university, the passion I have for the mission, the role that the university plays, not just in the city of Cleveland, but the region and the state, it's just a perfect match for what I've done and what I want to accomplish," said Sands.

Sands says one of his priorities is to make sure students who attend CSU get a good education and that they stay in the region to work and grow their families.

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