Timothy J. Cosgrove

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Timothy J. Cosgrove, BA political science ’83 and JD ’87, is an engaged alumnus whose vision and work ethic, commitment to higher education, and passionate advocacy on behalf of Cleveland State havesignificantly impacted the University and its students.

As a member of the University’s Board of Trustees for 10 years, including two years as treasurer and four years as chair, he provided leadership to bring about admission standards, an Honors Program, a multi-million dollar campus building program and more. His unwavering commitment to students’ best interests helped CSU chart a course for academic growth, program excellence and student success.

Now a member of the Cleveland State University Foundation Board of Directors, his efforts are focused on the critically important goal of growing endowment and scholarship support. As co-chair of CSU’s Radiance event since its inception in 2010, he has been instrumental in raising $3.6 million to provide scholarships to keep students in school and on track to graduation.

Mr. Cosgrove also currently serves on the Leadership Cabinet for ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University, which seeks to raise $100 million for student success. He is a member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law National Advisory Council and the Athletics Visiting Committee, and a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and C|M|LAW Visiting Committee.

He and his wife created the James and Elizabeth Cosgrove Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his parents. In recognition of his loyalty and heartfelt passion for his alma mater, CSU awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2008.

Mr. Cosgrove began his career in Cleveland’s Department of Community Development. He went on to serve as executive assistant to Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich, followed by director of legislation and policy for Governor Voinovich. A respected public policy attorney, he is a partner with Squire, Patton Boggs LLP, the international law firm he joined in 1993.

A true CSU ambassador, Mr. Cosgrove lives in Kirtland with his wife and three children.