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Armond Budish Selected as PSEIR Executive CSU’s Levin College of Public Affairs and Education

Former Cuyahoga County Executive, Ohio State Rep selected after an extensive national search

Cleveland, Ohio (May 26, 2023)—After an extensive national search, Cleveland State University (CSU) has named former Cuyahoga County Executive Armond D. Budish as the Mandel Public Service Executive in Residence (PSEIR) for CSU’s Levin College of Public Affairs and Education.

He will officially join the University for this three-year, time-limited term appointment on May 31, 2023.

Budish served two terms as county executive from 2015 to 2022. He was a four-term Ohio State Representative from the 8th district and served as Speaker of the House from 2009 to 2011. He was re-elected to the House in 2010 and 2012.

“Armond has the right background, history and has served Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ohio with distinction,” said Roland V. Anglin, Ph.D., Dean of the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education.

“Having his experience as a former elected official and senior leader will help us accomplish our mission—as well as advance our new college’s leadership and administrative capacity—to become an even greater force in public affairs,” Dr. Anglin said.

The three-year grant for the position, funded by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, allowed the Levin College to recruit an experienced leader who has held a major elected or appointed public office. The selection process targeted leaders who were in the phase of their career where they can be a reflective practitioner, resource developer, instructor and a presence in regional public affairs.

Before his entry into politics in 2006, Budish was a consumer- and elder law attorney specializing with the law firm Budish, Solomon, Steiner & Peck. He also hosted a weekly Sunday morning senior issues TV program titled “Golden Opportunities” on Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC channel 3.