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Posted 7.15.04

Case Western Reserve University has tapped the talents of Myron J. Roomkin—a national leader in building business-management school education—to become the new dean and Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management of the Weatherhead School of Management. His appointment is effective November 1.

Roomkin has played an integral role in strengthening and raising the visibility of the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he served for many years, and the Kogod School of Business at American University, where he is dean.

“Myron was one of the people who had been here for a long time. He was an important member of the faculty and the institution, and had a great part in building the success of Kellogg,” said Donald Jacobs, dean emeritus of the Kellogg School. “He is a good administrator and first-class teacher who always furthered the intelligence of the group around him.”

Prior to joining American University in 1998, Roomkin served in various faculty positions at J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University from 1976-1998. He was chair of the management and strategy department, professor of human resources and a research faculty member and assistant director of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research.

“Dean Roomkin’s extensive experience at American University and Northwestern positions him as the ideal person to lead the Case Weatherhead School of Management to national preeminence,” said Case President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. “He is by nature a brilliant and strong leader who will also be a great collaborator with other strong leadership at Case. He will have tremendous support as he elevates the core strengths of Weatherhead and develops even wider collaborations with strong programs in engineering, medicine, liberal arts and others. I am delighted he is joining our senior leadership team.”

Weatherhead alumnus and search committee member David Daberko, chair and CEO of National City Bank, said, “Myron Roomkin will be more than just an academic leader at Case. He is going to apply his decades of experience at Northwestern and American University to become a community leader who will put the outstanding resources of the Weatherhead School to work for the benefit of Cleveland and the entire region.”

The newly named dean is no stranger to Cleveland or Case. He will return to campus, where in 1975-76 he was an associate professor of industrial relations.

In his current position at American University’s business school, Roomkin serves as the chief executive and chief academic officer of 60 full-time faculty, 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students and numerous non-degree executive programs.

At Case, he will have responsibilities for overseeing Weatherhead’s undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs and 79 full-time faculty, a student body of more than 1,217 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other students enrolled as corporate employees in non-degree programs.

“Case’s business school represents the next chapter in my career because it is a larger school of business with a strong reputation and strong ties to Case's outstanding schools of medicine and engineering,” Roomkin said. “I look forward to playing a prominent role in the economic development program of Northeast Ohio, along with the traditional activities of a dean.”

Search Committee Member Ronald Richard, president of the Cleveland Foundation—a long supporter of higher education—said Roomkin will be someone easy to work with. “He is someone who is a person of big vision, and the Foundation continues to intend to do big and impactful things. He will be a phenomenal partner in those efforts to improve the economic development in Cleveland.”

Roomkin’s research focus has been in the areas of human resources and human resource management and employment trends of managerial and professional employees. He is the founder of the Kellogg-Deloitte & Touche LLP Annual Survey of Human Resources Management. He regularly contributed to the Washington Business Journal from 1999-2001 as a columnist on human resource management and has served as the general series editor of Blackwell Publisher’s “Human Resources Management in Action.”

Also a prolific writer, Roomkin is the author of four books—Gainsharing and Profit Sharing, Managers as Employees: An International Comparison of the Changing Character of Managerial Employment, Human Resources and Organizational Performance and The Shrinking Perimeter: Unionism and Collective Bargaining in the Manufacturing Sector. He has written more than 70 papers for journals, reports and articles for government publications and working papers in the areas of industrial and employment relations and human resources.

Roomkin earned his bachelor’s of science degree from Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his master’s of science and doctoral degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. He also has taught at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the Industrial Relations Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

Dean Roomkin is a director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a member of the Economic Club of Washington DC, and director of the Graduate Management Admission Council.

Hundert appointed a search committee in February to fill the vacancy created when former Dean Mohsen Anvari assumed new responsibilities to create Case’s Institute for Corporate Governance. Case used the search firm of Isaacson Miller to assist the search committee, which was chaired by Jerold Goldberg, dean of the Case School of Dental Medicine.

 

About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Sciences. http://www.case.edu.

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