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New Doctoral Fellowship Honors Memory of SUNY Attorney, UAlbany Professor Sanford Levine

The fellowship honors the memory of attorney and professor Sanford Levine.

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 15, 2011) -- The University at Albany Foundation has announced the establishment of The Sanford H. Levine Fellowship for doctoral candidates in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies in the University at Albany’s School of Education.

The Levine Fellowship is intended to help defray the cost of fieldwork and preparation of the doctoral dissertation and to support a professional development experience in the fellowship year. Up to $3,500 will be available each year, with the amount and number of awards subject to the discretion of the awards committee.

The fellowship honors the memory of attorney and professor Sanford H. Levine, who devoted his career to the State University of New York (SUNY). Doctoral candidates applying for the fellowship must show: evidence of leadership, service and commitment to higher education; promise of further accomplishment in the field; initiative, energy and enthusiasm; and academic achievement.

At the initiative of former State University Chancellor D. Bruce Johnstone, former colleagues and Mrs. Margaret Levine proposed and have funded the fellowship to help carry on Sanford Levine’s commitment to the highest standards of leadership in higher education.

In announcing the Levine Fellowship, University at Albany Vice President for University Development and Executive Director of The University at Albany Foundation Fardin Sinai said, “It is our hope and belief that Sanford would be proud of the fellowship, which will help future administrators and policy makers navigate the complexities throughout higher education today – and tomorrow.”

Levine was SUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and University Counsel from 1979-1996 and later served as Service Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Education and Law at UAlbany. He remained affiliated with the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies after his retirement in 2007, until his death in 2009.

Levine was elected president of the National Association of College and University Attorneys in 1986, and in 1997 received a Life Membership award from the association.

Founding donors are:

  • Dr. D. Bruce Johnstone, former SUNY Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Higher and Comparative Education at the University at Buffalo;
  • Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., former SUNY Chancellor;
  • Frederic V. Salerno, former Chairman, SUNY Board of Trustees;
  • Ambassador Donald M. Blinken, former Chairman, SUNY Board of Trustees; and
  • The family of Sanford H. Levine.

Those who wish to contribute may send checks payable to The University at Albany Foundation, 1400 Washington Ave., UAB 226, Albany, N.Y., 12222, noting “Levine Fellowship” in the memo portion of the check. Contributions may also be made online: Visit and in the “comments” section write “Levine Fellowship.” The Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization and all gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  

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