Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, was named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after longtime leader Cyrus Taylor stepped down December 31.
Tim Beal joined the Case Western Reserve University faculty in 1999 and has been chair of the Department of Religious Studies since 2015. He has also served three three-year stints on the college’s Executive Committee, three terms on the Faculty Senate, and eight years chairing the Common Reading Committee. Beal has participated in multiple search and strategic planning committees and served as director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities from 2004 to 2008.
Cyrus Taylor’s accomplishments during his 12 years as dean included increasing the number of women in college leadership positions; enhancing opportunities for underrepresented students with the creation of the Emerging Scholars Program, which provides academic support, advising and mentoring to graduates of Cleveland-area high schools who enroll at CWRU; launching the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative (see below); and strengthening the college’s ability to attract major gifts, including a $15 million donation from Nancy and Joseph Keithley to the university and the Cleveland Museum of Art to establish the Keithley Institute of Art History, and an anonymous pledge of $20 million for the natural sciences. In addition, the college raised $235 million for the Forward Thinking campaign during his tenure as dean.
As the Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics, Taylor has now assumed full-time faculty status in the Department of Physics and plans to resume his research.