Dean Gilmore lo resDuring his 39 years at Case Western Reserve University, Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD, is extraordinarily accomplished as a teacher, researcher and leader, making his impact felt on campus, in the community, and in the fields of social work, aging and mental health. As dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences for the past 12 years, he has helped to educate and further the next generation of social work and nonprofit leaders.

On Wednesday, May 28, Case Western Reserve University will honor Dean Gilmore’s longstanding excellence in a chairing ceremony to celebrate his appointment as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences, a newly established endowed deanship that reflects the Mandel School’s commitment to leadership and is one of only two endowed deanships among the top ten schools of social work in the United States. The event will be held at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center (11402 Bellflower Road in Cleveland) at 4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. To attend, RSVP to Jennie Szegedy at 216.368.0565.

The $3 million permanent endowed deanship was created with an $800,000 gift from Morton L. Mandel and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation in 2013, which supplemented an existing $2.2 million professorship. It is envisioned to ensure the top-ranked school’s reputation, growth and leadership. Founded as the first professional graduate school of social work in 1915, the Mandel School is ranked #9 in the United States and #1 in Ohio among graduate schools of social work by U.S. News and World Report.

“My brothers and I are proud of our over 50-year association with Case Western Reserve University.  In 1988, we were honored to add our family name to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the appointment of Cleve Gilmore as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences.   Cleve’s great influence is due to the values, talents and skills that he possesses,” said Morton L. Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.

Funds from the deanship will be a critical, flexible resource for Dean Gilmore, allowing him and subsequent deans to quickly and innovatively meet challenges, seize opportunities and fulfill the mission of the Mandel School to promote social justice and empower communities through social work and nonprofit practice. It will assure that the Mandel School will always be guided by a global perspective, preeminent scholarship and innovative leadership, with a keen eye on effecting positive change in Northeast Ohio and on training students as social service leaders who, in the words of Morton Mandel, “will change the world.”

A professor of psychology and social work whose research has pioneered methods to assist Alzheimer’s disease patients, Dean Gilmore joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve in 1975 and has served as the dean of the Mandel School since 2002. A past recipient of the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, this past semester he helped lead a study abroad trip to the Netherlands to examine social justice policies and practice in Dutch culture. Reflecting his interests in aging, developmental issues and mental health, Dean Gilmore serves on several boards in the local community and nation, including the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Magnolia Clubhouse, the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and the University of New England.

For over 30 years, Dean Gilmore has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to support his research into sensory and cognitive problems that affect a person’s capacity to perform at full ability, which is marked by his interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues in biomedical engineering, geriatrics, ophthalmology, neurology, pulmonology and psychiatry. Having pioneered methods to assist Alzheimer’s disease patients to improve their perceptual and cognitive performance, his current primary research interests are on the changes in vision that are associated with healthy aging and with Alzheimer’s disease.

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