Christopherson Becomes Chair of CRP
On July 1, Susan Christopherson, a geographer and expert on industrial location and regional economic development, was appointed chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning, succeeding Kieran Donaghy. In appointing Christopherson, Kent Kleinman, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean, described her qualifications: "Susan will bring her formidable research and scholarship experience to the position. She is an ideal candidate to lead the department." Christopherson was the first woman to be promoted to full professor in CRP, and is the first woman to chair the department in its nearly 80-year history.
"CRP is very fortunate to have faculty members who are tackling urban issues across the world," says Christopherson. "Planning, as governance and thoughtful action, is critical to creating both environmentally and economically sustainable cities. CRP is at the cutting edge of developing the skills and knowledge needed for this new urban world. The department has an important legacy in equity planning, and I'm honored that the CRP faculty has asked me to lead them and look forward to working with them and with our students, who have an unusual commitment to creating more livable cities."