President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that she has appointed Jennifer Cimperman as her chief of staff. Cimperman comes to Case Western Reserve after five years with The Cleveland Foundation, where she managed communications and media relations for programs ranging from The Evergreen Cooperatives to the Greater University Circle initiative. Prior to joining the foundation, Cimperman spent more than a dozen years as a newspaper reporter focused primarily on business coverage

“Jennifer possesses a deep understanding of some of our region’s greatest challenges and opportunities,” Snyder said, “as well as a great appreciation of the ways that Case Western Reserve contributes to the community and the world beyond it. I am pleased to have her on our team.”

A native of Northeast Oho, Cimperman enjoyed some of her greatest success as a journalist at The Plain Dealer, winning multiple state awards as well as a national honor for breaking news coverage from the Society of American Business Writers and Editors. Much of the recognition came from her reporting on the bankruptcy of LTV Steel, which included travel to Russia to analyze how foreign plants produced material less expensively than domestic mills.

“I am honored to join an institution dedicated to learning and discovery,” Cimperman said. “Case Western Reserve today has terrific momentum, and I look forward to contributing to its success.”