Case elects alumnus-trustee as interim president

CLEVELAND (AP) - Case Western Reserve University trustees have elected a board member and alumnus to temporarily replace the president who resigned after a faculty no-confidence vote over budget issues.

Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood, president of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, will become interim president June 2, the university announced Friday.

Eastwood had previously announced plans to leave the SUNY president's position and return to the faculty after a one-year sabbatical. He has been a Case trustee for three years.

Eastwood, a graduate of Albion College and the Case medical school, has taught at the Harvard and University of Massachusetts medical schools and served as dean of the Medical College of Georgia before joining Upstate in 1993.

The university will begin a national search for a permanent president, Case said.

Dr. Edward M. Hundert submitted his resignation, effective Sept. 1, after college of arts and sciences professors, representing about 9 percent of the full-time faculty, voted 131-44 to express a lack of confidence in Hundert's leadership.

The private research university has about 10,000 students and schools including medicine, dentistry, nursing, management, law, engineering and graduate studies.

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