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Wright State President Cheryl Schrader is set to retire Dec. 31. Sue Edwards
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In January, Wright State Provost Sue Edwards will officially become the university’s next president. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Edwards assuming the post over the weekend.

She’ll succeed President Cheryl Schrader, who’s set to retire Dec. 31.

A spokesman for the university says information on next steps for the Board and Edwards to work out details of her contract are expected soon.

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Wright State University president Cheryl Schrader has announced she will retire her position at the end of the year.

In a statement released Tuesday Schrader said she’s, “extremely proud,” of her accomplishments during her tenure at Wright State. The outgoing president also said she’s, “grateful for the experience and support,” she’s received.

Schrader was voted in as the university’s seventh president -- the first woman to hold that position -- in March, 2017.

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On Friday, Wright State University’s board of trustees will publicly discuss the school’s finances for the first time since the end of the recent 20-day faculty strike. The strike led to widespread disruptions to classes and campus life for thousands of students. 

During the meeting board members are expected to address some of the strike’s financial impacts. 

Student withdrawals between January 31 and the end of the strike resulted in a decline in tuition revenue, according to a monthly performance report released by the board ahead of the meeting.

Noeleen Mcilvenna is a Professor of History at Wright State. She says the administration has placed an unfair burden on its teaching professionals - putting their job security and tenure positions at risk.
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Wright State’s faculty union has rejected a proposed contract by an independent arbitrator. The union’s rejection clears the way for a strike if an agreement with the school’s administration is not reached.

More than 95 percent of union members voted to reject the report.

It was produced by an arbitrator known as a fact-finder, tasked with coming to a compromise on unresolved contract issues.

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Wright State University’s Board of Trustees officially approved the school’s 2019 budget at a meeting Friday. The plan includes another round of layoffs. It's the latest chapter in the school's months-long effort to avoid being placed on state fiscal watch.

Wright State President Cheryl Schrader says as many as 40 positions could be eliminated during the coming fiscal year beginning July 1. She says some of those cuts could come through attrition.

Schrader speaks at a 2017 welcome reception shortly after being named Wright State's president.
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Wright State University President Cheryl Schrader today announced the school is set to add millions of dollars to its cash reserves this year. But that may not be enough to keep the school off the state’s fiscal watch list.

In an email to campus this morning, Schrader said the school is projected to add $7.2M to its reserve fund this fiscal year. That’s $1.2M more than Wright State officials said would be needed to avoid state watch earlier this year.

Schrader speaks at a 2017 welcome reception shortly after being named Wright State's president.
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At a crowded reception Thursday, new Wright State University President Cheryl B. Schrader addressed campus for the first time since taking office July 1. In her speech, Schrader repeatedly acknowledged the university’s financial problems.

"While all of us would probably prefer to be on more sound financial footing at this time, I know that we can't afford to dwell on the mistakes of the past...rather we must learn from them."

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Wright State University’s incoming president plans to make financial sustainability one of her top priorities. The school’s board of trustees Monday voted unanimously to elect Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader as Wright State’s seventh president.


Schrader will be the first woman to hold the position in Wright State’s history. She currently serves as chancellor at Missouri University of Science and Technology.


After the vote, Schrader outlined her plans to students and faculty.