YSU McCloud to target advancement issues

He will discontinue his role as dean of the College of Fine & amp; Performing Arts.
YOUNGSTOWN -- George McCloud has been named the full-time special assistant to the president for university advancement at Youngstown State University.
"With the university's centennial celebration in 2008, and with the corresponding capital campaign, it is important that we devote full-time efforts to the leadership of the advancement division," YSU President David C. Sweet said.
"George McCloud has demonstrated the leadership and skills required for this important task."
McCloud became dean of the YSU College of Fine & amp; Performing Arts in 1997.
Two years ago, he also took on a part-time assignment as special assistant to the president for development and public relations, overseeing the university's development, marketing and communications, events management and alumni offices, as well as WYSU-FM.
He will give up the dean's position and become full-time special assistant.
"I look forward to this opportunity to work with the university and the community in this capacity," McCloud said.
McCloud's current salary is $124,000 a year, and it could be adjusted with the new position, said YSU spokesman Ron Cole. No decision has been made, Cole said.
McCloud previously was dean of the College of Arts and Communication at William Paterson University in New Jersey and director of strategic planning at Eastern Michigan University. He has a bachelor's degree in communication/theater from Eastern Michigan and master's and doctorate degrees in communication from the University of Michigan.
Interim dean
Joe Edwards, associate dean, will become interim dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Edwards is expected to remain interim dean through the 2005-06 school year, said Bege Bowers, interim YSU provost. A national search will be conducted to hire a permanent dean.
Edwards has worked at YSU for 36 years and previously was director of the Dana School of Music. He also served as interim dean of the Beeghly College of Education from 2000 to 2002.
Meanwhile, the university also announced that Eileen Greaf will be the new executive director of financial services. Greaf has been interim executive director of financial services since July 2004. Greaf, who has been at YSU since 1981, previously was assistant to the vice president for financial affairs, director of financial aid and director of internal audit.