This interview was conducted as part of Cleveland State University's 50th Anniversary Comemmoration effort. Geoffrey Mearns is currently the President of Northern Kentucky University. He moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio with his family in 1974 when he was 15 after his father accepted a position as a law professor at Case Western Reserve University. Mearns attended Shaker Heights High School where he excelled in track. After high school he went to Yale where he earned a bachelors degree in english and taught english in New Jersey following graduation. Later he enrolled in the University of Virginia's law school. After law school he served as a federal prosecutor and practiced law privately for a number of years before returning to the Cleveland area in 1998. In 2004 he became the Dean of Cleveland-Marshall Law School at CSU, serving in that position for 6 years until becoming Provost in 2010. In 2012 Mearns left CSU to become President of Northern Kentucky University. In this interview Mearns describes his time both as Dean and Provost at CSU. He describes the renovation of the law school building, fundraising efforts, the Bar Exam Improvement Plan, the Student Sucess Initiative, and the reaccreditation process among other topics.


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Mearns, Geoffrey (interviewee)


Wickens, Joe (interviewer)


CSU at 50



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Oral History


47 minutes

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