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Office of the President

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

It is an incredible privilege and honor to join you as president of Cleveland State University.

Let me begin by thanking you for all you have collectively done to help advance CSU to where we are today: a best-in-brand, nationally recognized urban research university with an already rich history in student success, academic excellence, diversity of thought, innovation and community engagement. As we work together to build on this strong foundation, I truly believe the best is yet to come.

Universities are about people, opportunity and place, where experiences in formative years shape our lives forever. Those of you who happened to catch my introductory address to our campus community in January know I place high value on how the Office of the President can best enhance our learning environment and serve those who create it: YOU. I give you my commitment that our leadership team will work tirelessly on your behalf — students, faculty and staff alike — to set a course forward with common goals and objectives and execute a plan to achieve them.

To begin to forge a collective vision for our University, the first step is for me to hear from you about your priorities for CSU. This begins today with a campus walkabout in the morning and an open house in the Office of the President from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. I hope you stop in!

When you see me out and about in the coming weeks and months, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts. I also plan on visiting colleges and units individually and hosting a series of informal get-togethers to learn more about what you do, what drives you and how I can help. Together, we can make this great institution even greater.

I am so excited to get started. I already know there is no place I would rather be.

Talk to you soon!


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Harlan M. Sands
Cleveland State University

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