Dean Grover C. Gilmore, PhD
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Social Work
Dean Gilmore in the News:
Dec 9 2016
Dear Mandel School Community,
As the fall semester is concluding and everyone prepares for a much-needed winter break, I wanted to take this opportunity to offer my gratitude to you, reflect on the past few months, and look to what lies ahead in 2017 for fighters for social justice.
First: My most sincere gratitude. This year has seen more milestones than any other year in our school’s 100-year history, and they were all made more meaningful because of YOU – the people who are collaborating as learners, teachers, supporters, advocates, and activists to make MSASS the strongest and most vital school it has ever been.
But we all know 2016 was also filled with some of the most profound challenges we have ever faced. We dealt with a presidential election that stunned all of us. Its outcome raises very real fears and concerns for the safety of ourselves, our loved ones, and the groups of disenfranchised and powerless people we serve. The Cleveland Indians making the World Series was happy for sports fans, but the team’s use of a racist logo is harmful and hurtful. And we are seeing daily assaults on the very notions of equality, diversity, inclusion, and justice that we hold dear.
Yet I recognize we live in a nation where we can make a difference, and our ability to make social change has not been diminished. This happens when we express ourselves and work with others to support our common values. We’ve been reminded that as a school, the education programs that we create and support in social work and nonprofit management are now more meaningful and necessary than ever.
I look forward to working with this strong Mandel School community in 2017 and beyond to continue our work toward a just society for all people – where everyone not only feels valued, but IS valued. We must continue to believe in the work that we do together.
During this winter break and holiday season, I hope you find moments of peace and sources of hope to rejuvenate your spirit and strengthen your soul. Because we have a lot of fighting to do in the new year.
With peace and hope,
Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore
Sep 27 2016
It’s a once-a-century event: All of the former deans of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will join current Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore for “Inspiring Hope, Shaping the Future: The Deans’ Perspectives,” a special Centennial panel and reception on Friday, October 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Mandel School Noble Commons (11235 Bellflower Road in Cleveland, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University).
Representing 42 years of influential school history and countless years of personal accomplishment, they will explore what trends have shaped social work, nonprofit management and the Mandel School — in the past, present, and future.
This free Centennial event is open to the public, including all alumni, students, current and former faculty and staff, and friends. 1.5 CEU/PD. The panel discussion is from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and the reception is 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. This event, which is during 2016 Homecoming+Reunion, will be livestreamed for online and off-campus students.
The panelists are:
+ M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD (Dean, 1974-1983), Distinguished University Professor and the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School; National Association of Social Work (NASW) Social Work Pioneer
+ Richard L. Edwards, PhD (Dean, 1988-1994), Chancellor of Rutgers University, New Brunswick; NASW Social Work Pioneer
+ Darlyne Bailey, PhD (Dean, 1994-2002), Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College
+ Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD (Dean, 2002 to present), Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences
Former interim deans and professors emeriti John Yankey, PhD (moderator), and Wallace Gingerich, PhD, will also participate. Family members of former deans Leonard Mayo and Art Naparstek are also expected to attend, along with Case Western Reserve President Barbara Snyder and school benefactor Morton Mandel.
ADMISSION: Free. All guests must RSVP to attend and check in upon arrival. Students, friends, staff and faculty are encouraged to register here. Alumni of the Mandel School and/or CWRU are encouraged to register for Homecoming (http://case.edu/homecoming) and click on the Mandel School events tag.
PARKING: Besides street parking, there are many parking lots and garages nearby on campus (including Ford Road Garage, Severance Hall Garage, Lot 46 Garage on E. 118), in University Circle (Botanical Garden Garage), and Uptown.
Questions? Email MandelSchool@case.edu or call Alumni Relations at 216.368.2281.
Mar 25 2016
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Joseph Mandel, who along with his brothers Jack and Morton, transformed our school with their generosity and steadfast commitment to creating leaders in social change. He died Tuesday, March 22, at the age of 102.
“Joe and his brothers Jack and Mort have been visionary philanthropic leaders who have been committed to making the world a better place. I will always remember Joe with a broad smile on his face as he listened to our social work students describe the work that they do to better people’s lives and build stronger communities. He leaves a rich legacy of people whom he supported who are fulfilling his mission,” said Dean Grover C. Gilmore, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences, pictured at left with Joe Mandel in 2008 at a luncheon celebrating the school’s Mandel Scholars.
Joe Mandel also leaves a beloved piece of artwork on campus. An avid sculptor known for his artistic creativity, he created the brightly-colored modern metal sculpture in the back courtyard of the Mandel Community Studies Center, which he donated to the center on November 5, 2007. It is adjacent to a plaque that dedicates the building in memory to the brothers’ parents, Rose and Simon Mandel.
Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder said, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Joseph Mandel, and feel profound sympathy for his entire family. With his brothers, Jack and Mort, Joseph transformed exceptional success in business to philanthropic engagement that has touched literally thousands of lives, including many members of the Case Western Reserve community.”
Born in Poland in 1913, Joseph C. Mandel was a business leader, philanthropist, and co-founder of Premier Industrial Corporation in 1940 and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation in 1953. One of the largest nonprofits in America, the Mandel Foundation supports leadership education programs in its own institutions and at several universities internationally, including this school and the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University.
“The hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world,” say the Mandel brothers about their giving — a quote that hangs in the lobby of the Mandel Community Studies Center, which houses Mandel School’s class and meeting rooms on the first floor, as well as two of the school’s research centers on the second floor, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education.
“My brothers and I are proud of our over 50-year association with Case Western Reserve University. In 1988, we were honored to add our family name to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences,” said Mort Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation, in 2014. Most recently, the Mandel Foundation served as the lead donor of the Mandel School’s building renovation project. The $4.95 million lead gift was part of an $8 million award made in 2013 — one that also endowed the dean’s position.
Jack Mandel, the eldest Mandel brother, died at 99 in 2011.