The Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service was the first endowed chair established at Cleveland State University. The chair is dedicated to the memory of Albert A. Levin, a Cleveland attorney involved in commercial real estate who was committed to the preservation of the city as a vital center.
The general purpose of the Levin Chair is to attract leading professionals in the field of urban affairs to Cleveland State University. The chair holder is involved with both the community and university, acting as a catalyst in relating the resources of the university to the needs and problems of the urban community.Activities of the chair holder are directed toward providing diverse public lectures and engaging in significant research and problem solving with faculty, students, and community groups. The following distinguished individuals have held the Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service: David O. Meeker, deceased (1977-'78), Wolf Von Eckardt, deceased (1978-'79), Sarah Short Austin (1980-'81), Martin Rein, (1981-'82), Paul R. Porter, deceased, Edgar A. Rose (1982-'84), Wilbur R. Thompson (1984-'86), Phillip L. Clay (1987-'88), David Perry (1989-'90), James Banovetz (1991-'93), Robert J. Waste (1994-'95), Camilla Stivers (1996-'03), Janet Kelly (2003-'05) and Jeffrey L. Brudney (2007-present).