UNCW Mourns the Passing of Faculty Member Jeffrey L. Brudney

Monday, April 05, 2021

The College of Arts and Sciences is deeply saddened by the death of Jeffrey L. (Jeff) Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector, who passed away after a brief illness on April 4.

“Not only was Dr. Brudney a wonderful human being, he exemplified everything it means to be a UNCW faculty member,” said Richard Ogle, interim CAS dean. “He was an excellent scholar, an engaged university citizen and most of all, a truly student-centered teacher. Countless students have been touched by his commitment to their growth and education. We will all miss Jeff.”

Brudney earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia, and he was the Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service at Cleveland State University for five years before joining the UNCW Department of Public and International Affairs in 2012.

Brudney’s research focused on nonprofit management, public service delivery, research methods and statistics, and volunteering and volunteer programs. He was editor of the journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly from 2011-16.

“The Department of Public and International Affairs has suffered a great loss, and we are all heartsick,” said Raymonde Kleinberg, chair and professor. “Dr. Jeffrey Brudney was the consummate gentleman and scholar, teacher, mentor and friend to colleagues and students alike. His warm soul and spirit filled the room and lifted everyone in his light. He will be sorely missed but dearly remembered.”

Condolences may be shared online. Grief support is available to students through the University Counseling Center and for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program.