Sanford H. Levine Remembered Through New Doctoral Fellowship

Albany, NY (September 12, 2011) - Professor Sanford Levine of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) passed away on November 18, 2009.  Family, friends and colleagues have established a fellowship in his memory to support doctoral candidates in EAPS.

Sanford H. LevineProfessor Levine spent over 20 years as a faculty member at the University at Albany; he taught first as an adjunct and then in 1997 became full-time professor in EAPS. He pursued interests under a program on policy and law, and taught higher education law for masters and doctoral students. Sanford retired in 2007, returning to adjunct status and continuing affiliation with the Department until his passing.

Alan Wagner, professor in EAPS and former department chair, fondly recalls Sanford’s remarks at the SUNY 60th Anniversary Scholarly Conference in April 2009, “Sanford set out his own account of the events and interests that shaped SUNY’s earliest days. It was typical Sanford: thoughtful, measured, wise, and powerfully reasoned. Much like his contributions to EAPS.”

Robert Bangert-Drowns, dean of the School of Education, commented on Sanford’s academic contributions. “Sanford gave to all aspects of public higher education in New York—as a key player in SUNY Administration, as an educator, as a scholar, and as a colleague of integrity and insight in departmental, school, and university governance.”

Prior to coming to the University at Albany, Sanford was admitted to the New York Bar at age 23 and he spent his long career as an attorney, joining the State University of New York’s Counsel Office in 1970. During his time there he was influential in shaping case law on significant higher education issues in the New York and federal courts. Upon leaving this Office, the law library he fastidiously looked after was named the Sanford H. Levine Law Library.

Up to $3,500 will be available each year for The Levine Fellowship which is intended to help defray the cost of fieldwork and preparation of a student’s doctoral dissertation and to support a professional development experience in the fellowship year.

The School of Education is grateful to the founding donors of The Sanford Levine Fellowship; 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 Mrs. Margaret Levine and the family of Sanford H. Levine.

Read the University at Albany News Release.