About Us

Susan Whitelaw, Ph.D.

Susan Whitelaw was on the faculty of the Wayne State University School of Social Work from 1984 until her retirement in 2002 as Associate Professor Emeritus. She taught courses in human diversity and ethnicity, family systems, and child welfare. She is the lead author of a major child welfare text, Child Welfare and Family Services: Policies and Practice, currently in its 7th edition.

With an interest in historic churches in relation to community, ethnicity, and family, she serves as a senior research associate for the Center for Sacred Landmarks, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. She conducts research on the enduring historic, social, and cultural value of houses of worship and religious art, and has written a monograph, The Art of Romeo Celleghin: Preserving Our Religious Heritage, A Cleveland Case Study.

Susan Whitelaw was born in Portland , Oregon , and was educated at Willamette University, Portland State University (B.A. 1963) and the University of Oregon (M.A. English Literature 1971). She attended George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, as an Olin Fellow, from 1980 to 1984, earning both the MSW and Ph.D. degrees. She is married to Larry Ledebur. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Larry Ledebur, Ph.D.

Larry Ledebur’s career combines college teaching, university administration, government service and policy research. His area of expertise and current interests include economic development at the state, federal and local levels, organizational development, strategic planning and needs assessment. Dr. Ledebur has served as Director of the Urban Center at Levin College, and Director of the Center for Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. He has also served as the director of the Urban Institute’s Economic Development Program, the White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development, and as a Visiting Scholar and Senior Economist in the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ledebur earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees at Florida University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College. He began his teaching career at Denison University as a professor of Economics and he has authored numerous book and articles on various aspects of urban economic development.