Posted 4.29.16

Thomas Mandel, MBA '84

Thomas Mandel, MBA '84, was recently appointed to the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees along with two other Cleveland-area individuals.

"These three individuals bring a remarkable breadth of expertise and experience to Case Western Reserve," Board Chairman Chuck Fowler said. "Each knows the community and the region, and at the same time has unique perspective based on knowledge of the university and respective professions. We are delighted to have them join us."

Mandel began working in radio in the 1970s as an undergraduate at Syracuse University, and hasn’t stopped since. After spending time at two stations during college, Mandel returned to his hometown of Cleveland and worked at four more companies, including WGAR AM & FM. Along the way he also earned an MBA from Case Western Reserve and, in 1988, launched his own broadcast enterprise with the acquisition of what is now WQMX FM (then WDBN). Although struggling at the time Mandel bought it, the station since has risen to the top of Greater Akron’s radio market in terms of ratings and revenues. The Rubber City Radio Group since has expanded to include two more Akron stations and, most recently, Cleveland station WNWV FM 107.3, also known as “The Wave.” Mandel has been active in state and national broadcast organizations, as well as local and national Jewish groups, including Akron’s Shaw Jewish Community Center and early childhood programming of the Jewish Community Center Association.

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