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Case Western Searches for New Leader

University Business, Apr 2006

Efforts to polish the image of Ohio's Case Western Reserve University did much good during the past three years, but not enough to keep President Edward Hundert on the job. Hundert resigned following a faculty vote of no confidence. Although he is credited with increasing the profile of the university-Case Western hosted the 2004 vice presidential debate between Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. John Edwards-he is also dogged by budget problems.

Faculty spokesmen say revenue shortfalls may necessitate a $40 million operating budget cut. Donations to the university were down from $79 million in 2003 to $69 million in 2004 and $76 million in 2005, according to the Council for Aid to Education. During his three years in office, Hundert worked to increase Case's profile as an international research university with, among other efforts, a $2 million national advertising campaign. -J.M.A.

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