New Leaders Join Team CSU
Three highly regarded, results-driven individuals have joined the University’s leadership team — Michael Biehl, senior vice president of business affairs and chief financial officer; Julie Rehm, vice president of advancement and executive director of the CSU Foundation; and Randy Deike, senior vice president of enrollment management and student success.
“These talented and innovative leaders have proven track records of success and we are thrilled they have joined the CSU team,” says President Harlan Sands. “They will be critical partners who will help us deliver on our ambitious set of strategic goals and objectives.”
As senior vice president for business affairs and CFO, Biehl provides strategic vision and operational leadership in managing University finances, allocating resources, enhancing facilities and operations, and investing in campus growth plans. He brings to CSU more than 25 years of financial leadership and CFO experience. Most recently, he helped execute the successful merger of Fairmount Santrol of Cleveland and Unimin Corporation, owned by a private Belgian company, to form a new public company, Covia Holdings Corp., a $2.3 billion provider of minerals and materials solutions for industrial and energy markets around the world.
“Working with Cleveland State’s leadership is a great opportunity where I’ll be able to utilize my business experience to help grow one of Cleveland’s anchor institutions,” Biehl states. “I am excited to work in higher education and further the great work that has established CSU as a quality urban university”
As the lead for University fundraising and donor stewardship, Dr. Rehm drives efforts to generate support for Cleveland State’s student success, research and community engagement goals. She previously served as vice president of foundation and government relations at Case Western Reserve University, where she was a senior development leader for CWRU’s $1.8 billion capital campaign and helped secure over $34 million in public sector funds. Earlier in her career, she held senior positions with the Cleveland Clinic and the Battelle Memorial Institute.
“As a first-generation student who began my academic career at a community college, Cleveland State’s inclusiveness appeals to me greatly,” she says. “I am excited to join the team at a time when the University is clearly transforming itself into a national leader in urban higher education.”
Dr. Deike brings 35 years of experience in higher education, including New York University and Penn State. Most recently, as senior vice president for enrollment management and student success at Drexel University he helped increase enrollments and raise the school’s national profile. In CSU’s newly created position of senior vice president for enrollment management and student success, he advances and integrates the University’s award-winning Engaged Learning approach across student recruitment and financial aid, academic support services, student affairs, and student career development.
“Talent is our most important global commodity and CSU’s commitment to enrolling and supporting a diverse group of talented students is what attracted me most. I feel privileged to join the team,” he says.
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