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Newly Formed Beth E. Mooney Center for Transformative Leadership Launches at Cleveland State University

The Center - made possible by a generous gift from KeyBank - aims to be a national model for transformative leadership development in higher education

NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / November 8, 2023 / Cleveland State University has launched the new Beth E. Mooney Center for Transformative Leadership. The mission of the newly formed university-wide Center is to develop lifelong learners across Northeast Ohio into leaders who transform the economic, civic and cultural life of the region. An opening event for the Center was held on October 2nd. It was made possible by a $1 million gift from KeyBank.

"As an anchor research institution for the city of Cleveland, CSU has a responsibility to empower the next generation of leaders to collaborate, innovate and promote equity within our communities," said CSU President Laura J. Bloomberg. "With this generous gift from KeyBank, we are confident that The Beth E. Mooney Center for Transformative Leadership at Cleveland State University will become a vital part of our institution and a national model in higher education for transformative leadership development."

Beth E. Mooney, the Center's namesake and the first woman in history to lead a top-20 U.S. bank as Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, retired in 2020. She spoke at the Center's launch on October 2nd. Mooney also served as KeyCorp's president and chief operating officer from 2010 to 2011, having worked her way up from her first position in 2006 as vice chair of Community Banking.

"Beth Mooney left an indelible impact on KeyBank, the communities we serve and all who are fortunate to know her," said Chris Gorman, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp. "On behalf of the entire KeyBank team and in recognition of Beth's lasting legacy, we are proud to invest in this Center that will develop and elevate generations of leaders to come."

The Center is already working to infuse innovative transformative leadership competencies into CSU's core curriculum. Plans call for the development of credit and non-credit bearing programs such as interdisciplinary courses on transformative leadership, as well as a Certificate in Transformative Leadership. The Center is also working toward extending its curricular offerings and providing customized continuing education to CSU's alumni and off-campus partners. To learn more about the Center, contact CSU's Shilpa Kedar at

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