The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation awarded a three-year $605,250 grant to Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Public Affairs and Education to establish the Public Service Executive in Resident (PSEIR) program, announced by the university Feb. 9.
With this grant, the college intends to recruit a senior leader who has formally held a major elected or appointed public office to share their experience and knowledge with students, faculty and staff.
“The generosity of the Mandel Foundation will allow us to attract a senior leader who will help us embrace the full range of our expanded mission and advance our new college’s leadership and administrative capacity,” said Roland Anglin, Ph.D., Dean of the Levin College.
The newly formed college merges the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, the School of Communication, the Department of Criminology and Sociology and the College of Education and Human Services. According to Anglin, this merger coupled with the new PSEIR program will strengthen the college as a leader in public affairs.
“The Mandel Foundation understands the need for developing leaders who can help improve communities,” said Anglin. “They also know how our college can benefit from senior leaders who have made an impact in the world of practice, and can bring their skills and acumen to training the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders.”
Through a competitive selection process, Levin College will seek a leader with a strong presence in regional public affairs who can teach, act as a “reflective practitioner” and help develop resources for the college.
“The Mandel Foundation is pleased to support Cleveland State and Levin College during a time of great transformation. This meaningful investment will help to grow the capacity of an institution that plays an important role in our region’s civic engagement and leadership development,” said Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Mandel Foundation.