Claremont Insider: New Arrivals

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Arrivals


The Los Angeles Times reports today that Claremont Graduate University has named economist Deborah Anne Freund to be CGU's next president. Freund will replace interim president Joseph Hough, who came out of retirement after Robert Klitgaard stepped down last year.

Freund is a Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. From 1999 to 2006, she served as the university's provost and vice-chancellor for academic affairs.

According to the Times, Freund was considered the leading candidate for the chancellor's post at UCLA four years ago, but the deal fell through because Freund's husband Thomas Kniesner, who was chair of the economics department at Syracuse, wasn't able to secure a teaching job at UCLA. CGU has apparently offered Kniesner a job.

The Times article explains why Freund took the CGU job:

In a telephone interview from Syracuse, Freund said that her expertise and career fit better with a private university like Claremont that emphasizes cross-disciplinary studies, and that she harbors no ill will toward UC. "I just think this is sort of meant to be," she said. "I come from a private university now and the kind of work that CGU does really stokes my passion."

Freund's area of expertise is health care, and she has been working on a special research project for New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office. The project is examining ways of reforming a system used by health insurers nationwide to reimburse customers for out-of-network doctor visits. The project is funded by $100 million in settlements the New York AG obtained from 13 different insurers following the AG's investigation.

Freund's work on the project caused a bit of a stir earlier this year when the Syracuse Post-Standard published a story about Freund holding a seat on the board of Excellus, one of the health insurers who settled with state of New York. The Post-Standard reported that Freund received $61,000 annually from Excellus for the board position. After the story came out, Freund said she had made full disclosure of her connections to Excellus, and she subsequently resigned her board seat.


One of Claremont's latest non-academic arrivals, Cheese Cave, opened for business on June 18. The weekend business seems good, and store has received several thumbs up in the form of positive Yelp! reviews.

The Cheese Cave owners have jumped right into the Claremont mix, joining the Chamber of Commerce and serving up some of their wares at Claremont Rotary's Taste of Claremont in May. They plan a grand opening on July 24.
Cheese Cave
325 N. Yale Ave.
Claremont, CA
(909) 625-7560


Tuesdays to Thursdays - 11am to 7pm
Fridays - 11am to 9pm
Saturdays - 10am to 6pm
Sundays - 10am to 4pm

Closed Mondays


Like Cheese Cave, Casa Moreno, the new Mexican restaurant in the Village Expansion, has had a "soft opening." This week they're conducting a trial run and are open for dinner only. If all goes well, they should be open for lunch and dinner starting next week. There's no website yet, but you can check out the site for Casa Moreno's original venue on Citrus Ave. in Covina.

Casa Moreno is located in the Village Expansion public plaza next to the Hotel Casa 425 and the Laemmle Theatres.
Casa Moreno
101 N. Indian Hill, C2-103
(909) 447-5000