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Professor Ronald E. Fry joined the faculty of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University in 1978.  Before coming to CWRU he received a BS in Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles (1969), and an SM in Management from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971) where he also received a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (1978). He has also been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools.

Dr. Fry is Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, ranked #1 overall in the world by the Financial Times over the past five years. Prior to this, he directed the new Masters Program in Positive Organizational Development and Change, after having directed the Executive MBA Program for over  fifteen years. Both programs have consistently earned high national and international rankings in their respective areas. In 2004, he was awarded the Weatherhead School’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Fry has been involved in research and consulting with a variety of organizations in the areas of human resource development and organizational change for the past twenty-five years.  Fieldwork has involved a variety of systems including Ford, General Electric, Northern Telecom, So. California Water Management District, City of Cleveland, Lubrizol, Lowes Foods, Mittal Steel, MSNBC.com, City of Shaker Heights, Greater Houston Mental Health Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the US Navy, World Vision, Roadway Express, the Federation of Industries in Brazil, and the UN Global Compact.

Dr. Fry is widely published in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functions of the CEO.  He was part of the group that originated the Appreciative Inquiry approach and continues to apply and study the applications of AI in the field. 

He has also served as a visiting faculty to Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium and to the Administrative Staff College of India.

 * Dr. Ronald E. Fry of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and Dr. Charleyse S. Pratt of Cleveland State University are helping the School District gather public input through the Appreciative Inquiry method. Both have considerable expertise and experience in Appreciative Inquiry.

 201010191576768_image.jpg Dr. Charleyse S. Pratt is Cleveland State University’s Director, Learning Communities Activities. In this role, Dr. Pratt provides oversight for and facilitates Learning Communities for first year students. Learning Communities are models for the delivery of education that include clusters of courses connected thematically. Students attend all classes as a cohort. Dr. Pratt assists with the formation of these thematic communities, facilitation of curriculum development and identifies co-curricular activities, and faculty development for Learning Communities.

Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Pratt was Director, Baldwin-Wallace College Eastern Campus in Beachwood, Ohio. There, her responsibilities included oversight of East Campus facilities, support for recruitment enrollment activities for Adult Learners in undergraduate degree completion programs and graduate programs in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership and Education. During her time at B-W East, Dr. Pratt was instrumental in creating and implementing several innovative and successful programs for adult learners.

Dr. Pratt is a longtime resident of the Cleveland area and a graduate of Glenville High School. She attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where she majored in Business Administration and Economics and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Later, Dr. Pratt earned both a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and Analysis and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

While most of her career has been spent in corporate environments, specifically human resources management, Dr. Pratt developed a love for public school education while working on an Appreciative Inquiry initiative at Shaw High School in East Cleveland in 1999.

In 2000, Dr. Pratt designed and directed the GLEAMS Program - Global Leadership and Excellence in Academics, Mathematics and Science for underachieving youth in the Greater Cleveland area.
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