For he’s a jolly good fellow

The Treleaven family (l to r) granddaughter, Hailey Treleaven; son, Jeff Treleaven and his wife Alex Treleaven; Son-in-law, Kerry Kenny, daughter Mallory Kenny and granddaughter Harper Rose Kenny; Mother-in-law, Rose; wife, Cheryl and Jim Treleaven; Pat Kenny.

For he’s a jolly good fellow

One of Case’s most active volunteers, Jim Treleaven fosters fellowship while helping the next generation to launch.

Jim Treleaven ‘69, MS ‘77, PhD ’90, is the first alumnus many students meet before starting classes at Case Western Reserve. For nearly 20 years, he and his wife, Cheryl, have hosted summer sendoffs at their home outside of Chicago.


They did it again July 31, offering a welcome and guidance to more than 100 Chicago area members of the class of 2026.


“These are so much fun,” he says. “There’s a lot of interaction, a lot of questions” at gatherings that illustrate a key characteristic of Case— “the quality of the students. They are really good kids.”


The sendoffs are only one of many activities Treleaven undertakes in support of his alma mater and the Case community, which is why he’ll receive the Samuel Givelber ’23 Award at Homecoming 2022. The award honors an alumnus or alumna who fosters fellowship in the Case tradition.


For the outgoing Treleaven, fostering Case fellowship started as a student. He was president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, a Student Senator and a starter on both the football and wrestling teams.


His degree in computer engineering, one of the first in the nation, lead to a wide-ranging career with leadership roles in engineering, sales and marketing and included a stint as President of DeVry University.


Today, as president and CEO of Via Strategy Group grad, Treleaven shares his insight with struggling companies as a turnaround specialist. He’s also an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As often as he can, he shares his time and his passion with Case.  


“I’m very interested in giving back. I got so much out of Case,” he said. He notes he worked full time from junior year on, so his pursuit of three degrees meant he was enrolled at Case for 20 years.


In addition to serving as an admissions ambassador, Treleaven is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Case Weatherhead School of Management and the board of the Case Alumni Association. He also serves on the Spartan Club board, chairs the Visiting Committee for CWRU Athletics, and co-chaired the fundraising campaign for the Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center.


Samuel Givelber called the Case Alumni Association the “world’s greatest fellowship.” Jim Treleaven is working to keep it that way.

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Jim Treleaven and his wife Cheryl. 

CWRU starting wrestlers in the 1960s (l to r) Jim Treleaven, Walt Fyda, Lamont Beaver, John Kline (front). 

The 2022 Summer Sendoff at the Treleaven home included a Q&A session.

“I’m very interested in giving back. I got so much out of Case.”

— Jim Treleaven

Jim Trealeaven at his 50th reunion in 2019.