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PAB Election Results

Monday, November 14, 2016  
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Effective December 1, 2016, the Planning Accreditation Board will include the following members with 2-year terms:

Bruce A. Knight, FAICP
Planning Director
City Of Champaign, Illinois
AICP Planning Practitioner appointee

Bruce Knight has served as Planning Director of Champaign, Illinois for 25 years and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for 10 years. He previously worked in Liberty, Missouri, and Iowa City, Iowa, and at the Mid-Iowa Development Association Council of Governments in Fort Dodge Iowa. Knight joined APA in 1980 and became a certified planner in 1985. He was elected to the AICP College of Fellows in 2003. Knight served a term as APA President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President from 2008-12. He served two terms on the APA Board of Directors from 2000-2008 and two terms as APA Illinois Chapter President from 1997 to 1999. Knight served on the Fellows of AICP Task Force and selection committee, chaired the Great Places in America Task Force, chaired the Membership Committee of APA, chaired the APA awards program for 5 years, co-chaired the Host Committees of the 2002 and 2013 National Planning Conferences in Chicago and served on the APA Mission Statement Task Force. Knight has a B.S. in Urban Planning from Iowa State University and an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa.


Vice Chair
Connie P. Ozawa, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University

Connie P. Ozawa is Professor and Director of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and Co-Director of the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program at Portland State University. She has taught courses on planning theory, negotiations and collaborative decision making, environmental policy, urban environmental management and planning practice (studio). Her research focuses on the management of urban waters, institutional analysis and the social and political dynamics of innovation and change. Most recently, Dr. Ozawa has participated in interdisciplinary research teams in the Pacific Northwest and with a team from the United Kingdom examining the impacts of institutional factors on urban water management.

Dr. Ozawa holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Berkeley, a M.A. in Geography from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is author of Recasting Science: Consensus-Based Procedures in Public Policy Making (Westview, 1991), editor of The Portland Edge: Challenges and Successes in Growing Communities (Island Press, 2004), co-editor of Planning the Pacific Northwest (APA Press, expected spring 2015) and author of numerous chapters and journal articles on the role of science in decision making, mediation and collaborative processes and planning education.


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