By Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer
on March 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM, updated March 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Deirdre Mageean, dean-in-residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C. and a professor at East Carolina University, has been appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State University.
Mageean, 59, will serve as CSU’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer. She will earn $269,000 a year, about $1,500 less than her predecessor, Geoffrey Mearns, who left about a year ago to become president of Northern Kentucky University.
Mageean, a native of Ireland, holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens University of Belfast, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of York in England and a doctorate in geography from the Open University in England.
Her research has focused on historical patterns of migration, population-environment interactions and the policy implications of demographic change.
From 2005 to 2012, Mageean served as vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. In 2012, she was named dean in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools, a national organization dedicated to the advancement of graduate education and research. She remained on the ECU faculty as a geography professor.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Mageean to Cleveland State University’s leadership team,” said President Ronald Berkman in a news release. “Over the course of her distinguished career, Dr. Mageean has demonstrated an impressive commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, applied and interdisciplinary research and engagement and outreach at all levels.
“Dr. Mageean shares our passion for transforming CSU into a best-in-class urban university.”
Mageean was one of four finalists for provost and visited the university to meet with faculty, staff and students in February. She will begin on July 1.