Barbara R. Snyder

President, Case Western Reserve University

Barbara_SnyderIn their recently published book, Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women), Barb Brown and Margie Flynn—co-founders of a Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm—capture insights and stories of 25 of the nation’s most accomplished women in business on how they empower and uplift others as they seek to progress in their lives and careers.

The diverse spectrum of leaders span the country. But, one of those important leaders was located right in BrownFlynn’s backyard.

Barbara Snyder has been the president of Case Western Reserve University since 2007 and is a demonstrated leader in the fields of law and education.

In Uplifting Leaders, Barbara shares the importance of collaboration:

“All the successful leaders I know and emulate have assembled really talented teams because each one of them has recognized they can’t do it alone.”

As president of this prestigious Cleveland area university, Barbara has encouraged interdisciplinary excellence, catalyzed institutional collaboration, and reinvigorated alumni engagement and fundraising. For example, in 2013, Case Western Reserve entered into an historic partnership with Cleveland Clinic to develop a Health Education Campus that included the university’s schools of medicine, nursing, and dental medicine, which broke ground in fall 2015.

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During Barbara’s tenure, the university has tripled undergraduate applications, become twice as selective, and dramatically improved the academic credentials of the entering class. The university also reached its $1 billion capital campaign goal early and expanded it to $1.5 billion.

Her success is very much an indication of her passion for working in higher education where learning happens everyday.

“I wanted to be a faculty member because I enjoyed being a student,” she says. “When you’re working on a college campus, you’re constantly learning. I know it’s true in the corporate world, too. In the best corporations, there’s a push for continual learning and improvement–finding out how we can always do something better.”

Barbara graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Prior to becoming president of Case Western Reserve, she was executive vice president and provost at Ohio State.

Barbara is a director of the Association of American Universities, American Council on Education, Business-Higher Education Forum, Greater Cleveland Partnership, JobsOhio, and a trustee of Internet2. She is also a director of KeyCorp and Progressive Corporation. She is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable and an elected member of the American Law Institute.


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