Cleveland State University building named for retiring President Ronald Berkman

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University’s Main Classroom Building has been named Ronald Berkman Hall.

The university announced the honor at a farewell tribute event for Berkman, who is retiring as president on May 31. 

Berkman also received a key to the city from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. He also received proclamations from the mayor as well as from Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

A portrait was unveiled and a tribute video was shown.

Bernie Moreno, chairman of the board of trustees, announced the renaming of the building.

Berkman arrived at CSU in 2009 and transformed a largely commuter school into a dynamic campus with strong partnerships, speakers said at the tribute.

Incoming President Harlan Sands, vice dean and CFO of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, will arrive on campus May 1 and work with Berkman for a month.