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Update: Cleveland State University issued a news release shortly after 1 p.m. that said Harlan M. Sands, currently vice dean and CFO of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a longtime academic administrator and public servant, has been selected as the seventh president of Cleveland State.

Sands will begin his tenure July 1, CSU said.

“CSU’s continued upward trajectory demands a leader with significant administrative skills, a deep respect for and experience with academia and a proven track record of accomplishment within higher education,” said Bernie Moreno, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees and chair of the Search Committee, in the release.

Before entering academia, Sands served 11 years in the United States Navy as well as four years as an assistant public defender in Miami. He served in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm.

He received his bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School of Business in 1984. He also holds an MBA with a major in finance from George Washington University and a J.D. from George Mason University.

Cleveland Scene reported earlier that Cleveland State University appears to be ready to name its next president at a 2 p.m. Monday news conference.

Ronald Berkman, president of CSU since 2009, said last year that he would retire this June.

Cleveland State University issued a news release Monday morning that said the school will make a “major announcement regarding the future of the university” at the news conference.

The university enrolls about 17,700 students. That compares with the University of Akron’s 22,104 students enrolled in the fall semester of last year.

Cleveland Scene has more here.