CWRU Statement on President Auston

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Case Western Reserve University

    CLEVELAND, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Case Western Reserve University
 announced today that its President, David H. Auston, has resigned as President
 of the University, effective immediately. Dr. Auston cited fundamental
 disagreements between himself and the Board as his reason.
     The Executive Committee of the Board has requested Provost and University
 Vice President James W. Wagner to act in the absence of the President, in
 accordance with the Board's bylaws.
     John F. Lewis, Chairman of the Board, praised Dr. Auston for his
 achievements and initiatives, and the Board expressed regrets over his
 decision to leave. "We thank him and wish him well in whatever his future
 endeavors will be," said Lewis.
 
     JAMES W. WAGNER
     James W. Wagner has been provost and University vice president of Case
 Western Reserve University since September 2000. He is responsible for leading
 academic operations and services in coordination with the CWRU president, and
 serves as principal deputy to the president in the University's
 administration. Under his leadership CWRU's progress has accelerated
 dramatically, registering a number of significant accomplishments, including:
 
     *  Working with a consultant and a University-wide commission to enhance
        undergraduate education and student life, including developing new
        curricular options.
 
     *  Leading the reconfiguration of the University's research and technology
        transfer functions, including appointing a search advisory committee to
        help seek a new vice president for research and technology transfer,
        and selecting the Boston-based firm of Auerbach Associates to assist
        with this search.
 
     *  Making several key appointments in the areas of research and technology
        transfer on campus.
 
     *  Appointing a vice provost for planning and assessment, Professor Lynn
        Singer of the School of Medicine, to focus on providing leadership for
        institutional research and other activities to support academic
        planning and assessment.
 
     *  Supporting the establishment of a Postdoctoral Researchers Association
        that provides networking, mentoring, and support for CWRU's
        postdoctoral research community; and appointing an ad hoc committee on
        Postdoctoral Researchers Issues to assist with these efforts.
 
     Prior to becoming CWRU provost, Wagner served as dean and professor of
 materials science at CWRU's Case School of Engineering from 1998-2000. As
 dean, he developed a forward-looking vision for the school focusing on
 fundamentals, creativity, societal awareness, leadership skills, and
 professionalism and a set of specific plans to achieve that vision. Among his
 many accomplishments, Wagner established a groundbreaking joint degree program
 in engineering and management with the Weatherhead School of Management,
 supported by $4.2 million grant from the Timken Foundation. He also created
 the position of associate dean for research and technology with the Case
 School Engineering, and initiated a technology transfer initiative for the
 Case School in coordination with the University-wide program.
     Before coming to CWRU, Wagner was professor of materials science and
 engineering at the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering.
 While at the Whiting School, he chaired the Department of Materials Science
 and Engineering, and was director of the Materials Research Center of
 Excellence. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of
 Delaware, and an M.S. in clinical engineering and a Ph.D. in materials science
 and engineering from Johns Hopkins.
     Wagner is noted for his contributions to materials science, especially in
 the area of nondestructive evaluation and characterization of materials.  His
 research involves using laser-based testing technologies that make it possible
 to evaluate the performance of materials without stressing the materials'
 limits or destroying them.  He is a resident of Shaker Heights.
     With roots dating back to 1826, CWRU today is the largest private research
 university in Ohio and ranks 12th among the nation's private research
 universities in federal awards to support research and development. The
 University enrolls approximately 9,600 undergraduate, graduate, and
 professional students from all 50 states and nearly 100 nations.
 
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SOURCE Case Western Reserve University
    CLEVELAND, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Case Western Reserve University
 announced today that its President, David H. Auston, has resigned as President
 of the University, effective immediately. Dr. Auston cited fundamental
 disagreements between himself and the Board as his reason.
     The Executive Committee of the Board has requested Provost and University
 Vice President James W. Wagner to act in the absence of the President, in
 accordance with the Board's bylaws.
     John F. Lewis, Chairman of the Board, praised Dr. Auston for his
 achievements and initiatives, and the Board expressed regrets over his
 decision to leave. "We thank him and wish him well in whatever his future
 endeavors will be," said Lewis.
 
     JAMES W. WAGNER
     James W. Wagner has been provost and University vice president of Case
 Western Reserve University since September 2000. He is responsible for leading
 academic operations and services in coordination with the CWRU president, and
 serves as principal deputy to the president in the University's
 administration. Under his leadership CWRU's progress has accelerated
 dramatically, registering a number of significant accomplishments, including:
 
     *  Working with a consultant and a University-wide commission to enhance
        undergraduate education and student life, including developing new
        curricular options.
 
     *  Leading the reconfiguration of the University's research and technology
        transfer functions, including appointing a search advisory committee to
        help seek a new vice president for research and technology transfer,
        and selecting the Boston-based firm of Auerbach Associates to assist
        with this search.
 
     *  Making several key appointments in the areas of research and technology
        transfer on campus.
 
     *  Appointing a vice provost for planning and assessment, Professor Lynn
        Singer of the School of Medicine, to focus on providing leadership for
        institutional research and other activities to support academic
        planning and assessment.
 
     *  Supporting the establishment of a Postdoctoral Researchers Association
        that provides networking, mentoring, and support for CWRU's
        postdoctoral research community; and appointing an ad hoc committee on
        Postdoctoral Researchers Issues to assist with these efforts.
 
     Prior to becoming CWRU provost, Wagner served as dean and professor of
 materials science at CWRU's Case School of Engineering from 1998-2000. As
 dean, he developed a forward-looking vision for the school focusing on
 fundamentals, creativity, societal awareness, leadership skills, and
 professionalism and a set of specific plans to achieve that vision. Among his
 many accomplishments, Wagner established a groundbreaking joint degree program
 in engineering and management with the Weatherhead School of Management,
 supported by $4.2 million grant from the Timken Foundation. He also created
 the position of associate dean for research and technology with the Case
 School Engineering, and initiated a technology transfer initiative for the
 Case School in coordination with the University-wide program.
     Before coming to CWRU, Wagner was professor of materials science and
 engineering at the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering.
 While at the Whiting School, he chaired the Department of Materials Science
 and Engineering, and was director of the Materials Research Center of
 Excellence. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of
 Delaware, and an M.S. in clinical engineering and a Ph.D. in materials science
 and engineering from Johns Hopkins.
     Wagner is noted for his contributions to materials science, especially in
 the area of nondestructive evaluation and characterization of materials.  His
 research involves using laser-based testing technologies that make it possible
 to evaluate the performance of materials without stressing the materials'
 limits or destroying them.  He is a resident of Shaker Heights.
     With roots dating back to 1826, CWRU today is the largest private research
 university in Ohio and ranks 12th among the nation's private research
 universities in federal awards to support research and development. The
 University enrolls approximately 9,600 undergraduate, graduate, and
 professional students from all 50 states and nearly 100 nations.
 
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