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About Edward W Hill

Dr. Edward W. (Ned) Hill is the former Dean and Professor Emeritus of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. He is currently Professor of Public Affairs at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. He is a member of the faculty of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute in the College of Engineering and member of the faculty of City and Regional Planning faculty.

Ned is a member of the board of directors of MAGNET, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate in Northeast Ohio.   He is Senior Editorial Advisor to Economic Development Quarterly. He was Economic Development Quarterly's second editor (1994 to 2005). He was awarded the Robertson Prize from Urban Studies in 1994.  Ned was awarded Cleveland State University's Distinguished Faculty Award for Research in 1998 and merit award for research in 2002.  

Hill is the author of three books, co-editor of five books, and author of over 100 articles, book chapters, and columns.  He was a leader of the Deloitte Consulting-Cleveland State University team that wrote Industry-based Competitive Strategies for Ohio: Managing three portfolios in 2005 and Manufacturing Pennsylvania's Future in 2004.  Ohio's Competitive Advantage: Manufacturing Productivity was released in 2001. Ohio's Competitive Advantage has been credited with starting a five-year statewide conversation that resulted in fundamental business tax reform in the state of Ohio. The Cincinnati Enquirer referred to Hill as the "godfather of tax reform" in the summer of 2005.

Hill began his career at Cleveland State University in the fall of 1985. Ned was named Cleveland State University's first Vice President for Economic Development in May 2005 and he was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Urban Affairs in October 2007.  He stepped down from both upon his appointment as Dean in June 2009. He retired from CSU in June 2015.

He earned his Ph.D. in both economics and urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.


Present Faculty Member, Ohio State University - Main Campus
Present Professor Emeritus of Economic Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
2008 - 2015 Dean, Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

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  • Urban spatial structures
  • Distressed people/Distressed places
  • Doctoral seminar in economic development


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