Barbara R. Snyder

Barbara R. Snyder became president of Case Western Reserve University in 2007. Since her arrival, Snyder has encouraged interdisciplinary excellence, catalyzed institutional collaboration and reinvigorated alumni engagement and fundraising.

During her tenure, the university has more than tripled undergraduate applications, become twice as selective and dramatically improved the academic credentials of the entering class. The university’s Forward Thinking capital campaign originally set a $1 billion goal, had raised $1.82 billion by the time it concluded last year. Among its signature academic accomplishments were the addition of 98 endowed professorships and more than $250 million in scholarship commitments. This spring Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic dedicated its new Health Education Campus, a 485,000-square-foot structure that will be home to 2,200 students from the university’s medical, dental and nursing schools.

 In addition to the university’s collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve is also engaged in a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art to establish a globally recognized institute dedicated to innovative education and training of future curators in the history of art and its practice in art museums. And, we are partnering with the region’s community colleges to support a pipeline program for students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the humanities.

Snyder began her academic career as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve’s School of Law, then joined the faculty of Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. After serving in several leadership positions at Moritz and within the central university, Snyder became OSU’s Interim Executive Vice President and Provost in 2003 before securing the permanent position the following year. She graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she served as executive editor of its law review, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State.

Snyder is chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education, and a director of the Association of American Universities and Business-Higher Education Forum.