Former CSU president Michael Schwartz passed away on Jan. 2, 2024.
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Former CSU President Dr. Michael Schwartz passed away on Jan. 2, 2024.

CSU celebrates the life of former President Michael Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz served as CSU president from 2002 to 2008. Schwartz was committed to igniting an enthusiasm for learning in Cleveland State students. He passed away on Jan. 2, 2024.

Cleveland State University on Feb. 8 hosted a celebration of the life of former CSU and Kent State University (KSU) President Michael Schwartz, Ph.D., who passed away on Tuesday Jan. 2.

Schwartz served as CSU’s president from 2002 to 2009. As president, his ultimate goal was to instill Viking Pride in the students of Cleveland State. 

During his tenure Schwartz established the honors program, established new admission standards and expanded and renovated campus buildings. Because of Schwartz’s work, CSU gained the Student Center, Recreation Center and more campus housing. 

Previous to his time at CSU, Schwartz served as president of KSU from 1982 to 1991. There, he oversaw the creation of the May 4 Memorial which was dedicated to the four students who died in the 1970 Kent State shooting. 

Schwartz is permanently memorialized by the Michael Schwartz Library, at the heart of the Cleveland State campus.


Attendees gather to commemorate the life and career of Michael Schwartz, Ph.D., on Feb. 8 at the Glasscock Family Foundation Ballroom.


"The search for truth was his religion, and the school was his church," CSU's President Laura Bloomberg, Ph.D. told Thursday's gathering at the Glasscock Family Foundation Ballroom on the Cleveland State campus.

Other speakers included Schwartz’s CSU colleagues William M. Bowen, Ph.D., Sonali B. Wilson and Timothy J. Cosgrove, as well as current KSU President Todd Diacon, Ph.D., and Schwartz’s son, Kenneth.

The event commemorated Schwartz’s life with musical performances by CSU alumna Ashley Nemeh and current music students from both CSU and KSU. The CSU musicians played the university’s alma mater, which Schwartz commissioned.

Representatives from CSU’s board of trustees presented the Schwartz family with a resolution declaring a memorial tribute to Schwartz's career and life. A reception followed the memorial service.

The Schwartz family encourages donations in his memory to the endowment funds of CSU and KSU.