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2017 ACSP Election Results

Tuesday, April 11, 2017  
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The ACSP Nominating and Elections Committee is very pleased to announce that incoming members have now been elected for the ACSP Governing Board for the period extending from fall 2017 to fall 2019. We’d like to express appreciation to all the planning schools, and their faculty, that participated in this election. Congratulations to all of the following, and sincere thanks to those who consented to have their names placed on the ballot; worthy candidates all!

Incoming Officers Fall 2017 – Fall 2019
Vice-President/ President-elect Marlon Boarnet
Secretary Carissa Slotterback
Treasurer Joe Grengs

Incoming Regional Representatives Fall 2017 – Fall 2019
Northeast Justin Hollander
Southeast Tom Sanchez
Midwest Lucie Laurian
Central Austin Troy
West Richard Margerum

The 2017 Nominating and Elections Committee
Chair: June Thomas, University of Michigan
Charles Connerly, University of Iowa
Curtis Winkle, University of Illinois at Chicago
Malo Hutson, University of California, Berkeley
James Spencer, Clemson University

Get to know your newly elected Governing Board members!

Incoming Vice President/President Elect
Marlon Boarnet

Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California

“I am honored to join the ACSP Board and to have the opportunity to continue the great work that colleagues have built for decades. ACSP is an indispensable organization, as planning is an irreplaceable field. We are alert to the totality of our regions and communities, we work to understand the role of place and context, and in a rapidly changing world we planners build for the future and strive for justice. This is a daunting challenge, but necessary. ACSP has been a leader, and I look forward to helping all of our member programs extend and build on their own unique leadership positions.”

The following comments were provided by Marlon and shared on the ballot for this election.

ACSP must respond to three challenges.

  1. We must increase our voice. Our governing board statement on President Trump’s travel ban presages other moments when we will have to defend academic and planning values. I will work with our board and with allied scholarly associations to magnify ACSP’s voice.
  2. We must increase diversity, inclusion, equity, and empowerment. I initiated the ACSP summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color, to draw under-represented students into planning Ph.D. programs, and I organized three of the first four workshops. At USC, I raised over $200,000 for diversity scholarships, and since 2013 enrollment of Hispanic/Latino students increased from 15 to 22 percent of our Masters student body. But undoing the injustice of centuries of white supremacy will require more than student recruiting. We need to address bias and ingrained sexism in our association and our pedagogy. Our leadership, including recent presidents and committee/interest group members, has built a strong foundation. I will work with our standing Diversity Committee to support and grow programs such as the Pre-Doctoral Workshop and the Junior Faculty of Color Workshop. I will work with our interest groups (FWIG, GPEIG, POCIG) to promote and amplify the voices of women and under-represented groups and to foster discussions and models that help our member programs improve.
  3. We must have policy impact. Our scholars need to be in leading press outlets and at the table when decisions are made in cities, states, and nations. I will work with our board to craft publicity plans and programming to help our members interface with the press, elected officials, and decision-makers including federal agencies and inter-governmental organizations. My experience chairing planning departments at two universities, serving as a journal editor, and service on the ACSP governing board prepares me to help our association move forward.

ACSP Secretary
Carissa Slotterback, PhD, AICP

Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

The following comments were provided by Carissa and shared on the ballot for this election.

It would be my great honor to serve a second term as ACSP Secretary. Drawing on the experience gained during my first term, as well as two terms as regional representative, three years as environmental planning track chair, and leadership roles at the University of Minnesota, I can offer a wealth of insight and experience in support of ACSP. First, I am eager to continue to enhance ACSP’s communication efforts, with a focus on increasing the profile of ACSP and planning research, education, and practice. Enhancing communication with and among members, interest groups, and committees is essential to ensuring that ACSP is serving the full range of interests in our organization. Second, ACSP’s growing number of student and individual members suggests that we need to do even more to engage beyond member schools. Our impact as an organization and as a discipline is greater as we engage more students, as well as our member faculty in programs, departments, and universities outside of our core member schools. Third, we can do more to respond to our changing political environment and growing scrutiny of higher education. Urban planning programs are well-positioned to lead on our campuses and engage meaningfully with communities on critical issues like equity and climate change. As an association, we can do more to build the capacity of faculty as higher education leaders, support students and faculty in developing the skills and tools to conduct engaged research and teaching, and promote the innovations that our members are actively advancing in their institutions and communities.

ACSP Treasurer
Joe Grengs, PhD, AICP

Associate Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies, and incoming Chair, Urban and Regional Planning Program
University of Michigan

The following comments were provided by Joe and shared on the ballot for this election.

I grew up in Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota for degrees in civil engineering and urban planning, and studied city planning at Cornell. My research focus is on transportation planning and social equity, and I am active in transportation advocacy in the Detroit region. I spent five years as Treasurer for Planners Network, and I currently serve as ACSP Treasurer after stepping in to fill a vacancy about a year ago, so I am familiar with the skills required for this role. As Treasurer, I’ll seek to establish a more detailed approach to tracking the outcomes of financial investments, to upgrade the budget in accordance with the growing complexity of the association, and to maintain the success of recent strategic investments. My priorities for ACSP governance include: strengthening our commitment to increasing diversity in planning academia and practice; broadening our international reach; and expanding planning’s appeal – across our campuses, to a wider array of constituencies, and to vulnerable communities – in response to such trends as anti-government retrenchment and declining university enrollments.

Northeast Region Representative
Justin Hollander, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of the Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Urban Justice & Sustainability
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Tufts University

The following comments were provided by Justin and shared on the ballot for this election.

I have been at Tufts for over ten years and during that time have served my University as co-Chair of the Arts, Sciences, & Engineering Campus Planning & Development Committee, as a member of the University-wide IT Sub-Committee on Teaching and Learning, and as Chair of my Department’s Student Affairs Committee.  I have been active with ACSP, as well, serving on the Membership Committee (2006- 2010), Review and Appraisal Committee (2010 – 2011), and Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) Advisory Committee (2015 – present).  Prior to Tufts, I had a career as a practitioner, working for local, regional, and federal agencies and serving as a Board member for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association.  I see the opportunity to serve as a Northeast Representative on the ACSP Governing Board as a way to more fully support the mission of ACSP and to share my perspectives on planning education, research, and practice.

Southeast Region Representative
Tom Sanchez, PhD

Chair and Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning
Virginia Tech

The following comments were provided by Tom and shared on the ballot for this election.

I feel that ACSP plays a critical leadership role in planning education and faces on-going challenges related to academic and professional impact. I am interested in continuing my position on the ACSP Governing Board for a number of reasons. ACSP members can draw on mutual experiences to increase the visibility of our programs on our own campuses, as well as off-campus. I would like to see the Governing Board strategically engage not only member schools, but also individual faculty, in highlighting the significant contributions of our teaching, research, and outreach. Our programs are often recognized for these contributions and we can do a better job of sharing how to best communicate our success.

Midwest Region Representative
Lucie Laurian, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Iowa

The following bio was provided by Lucie and shared on the ballot for this election.

Lucie is an active scholar, teacher, advisor and community member. Her courses cover Analytic Methods, Environmental Management, Urban Design and Healthy Cities, and her research focuses around environmental planning, environmental justice, institutional implementation processes, and the enactment of democracy in planning practice. She regularly reviews manuscripts for many planning journals and serves as Book Review Editor for Planning Theory. She is involved in her community as a member of the Iowa City Parks and Recreations Commission, of the Johnson County Comprehensive Plan Committee, and as an active advisor to the Iowa Sustainable Land Trust – with the goal of protecting public lands, natural areas and sustainably farmed agricultural lands. She has been involved in ACSP for many years, first as discussant in the environmental track, then as a member of FWIG, as a judge for the Poster Competition, and most recently as Chair of the GPEIG Gill-Chin Lim Best Dissertation in International Planning award committee. She is looking forward to participating in the ACSP Governing Board. Her vision for ACSP is that it continues to improve in its core mission to serve as an open, welcoming and fruitful locus of exchange and support for planning scholars and students, and in particularly for women, people of color, immigrants, queer, young scholars, and all those who encounter challenges in their professional development. She envisions ACSP as an active--and proactive--organization, committed to supporting and defending planning research, scholarship, education and practice in the uncertain years ahead.

Central Region Representative
Austin Troy, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Colorado Denver

The following comments were provided by Austin and shared on the ballot for this election.

Prior to arriving there in 2013, I was a faculty member at the University of Vermont for 12 years where, for two years, I directed the UVM Transportation Research Center. While there I was also a Planning Commissioner for the City of Burlington. My focus is on urban environmental planning and I come from a hybrid background that integrates environmental science and urban planning. As Chair at CU Denver I helped guide us through the PAB reaccreditation process and I am a recent invitee into the PAB site visitors’ pool. I am also the chair of the local host committee for the 2017 ACSP annual meeting taking place in Denver.

I believe that ACSP plays a critical role in setting a framework for the education of planners, as well as in fostering excellent planning scholarship and outreach with communities. The organization’s challenge is to evolve and adapt to the rapid pace of change in both cities and the planning profession—changes related to a variety of factors like technology, demography, immigration, climate, and cultural preferences. I am interested in how ACSP can help make planning education and scholarship more responsive to these changes, more inclusive, and more interactive with planning professionals and communities.

West Region Representative
Richard Margerum, PhD

Head of the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
University of Oregon

The following comments were provided by Richard and shared on the ballot for this election.

I have been a faculty member at the University of Oregon since 2001. I have served ACSP on the Institutional Governance Committee and as a regional member of the Governing Board. I have learned a lot about the inner workings of ACSP in my first term on the board and welcome the opportunity to serve again. There are several areas I hope to help support if I remain on the board: (1) continue ACSP’s efforts of improving the diversity of students and faculty; (2) promote increased sharing among programs about strategies for applied learning; and (3) help ACSP determine effective strategies for responding to the negative political rhetoric unfairly targeting particular communities and strategies for promoting greater awareness of the impacts of policy change in areas such as health, education, income, and environment.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.