Kieran Donaghy Named Interim Dean of AAP; Kleinman Steps Down After 10 Years

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Kieran Donaghy and Kent Kleinman at a CRP reception in 2010. William Staffeld / AAP

July 2, 2018

Kieran Donaghy, professor of city and regional planning, has been named interim dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning effective July 1.

Donaghy joined the faculty of AAP in 2007. He was interim chair of the department from 2008–09, chair from 2009–14, and acting chair in 2016 following the death of Professor and Chair Susan Christopherson.

The appointment was announced by Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff. "Having served as chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning on three separate occasions, Donaghy is an ideal choice," said Kotlikoff. "We are delighted and grateful that he has agreed to act as interim dean until a permanent dean is appointed."

"I'm honored to be asked to step in during this transition for the college, and I am committed to working closely with all of the talented faculty, staff, and students in the architecture, art, and city and regional planning departments to ensure the continued success of the college," Donaghy said.

Donaghy's research and teaching focus on issues of globalization, development ethics, climate change and environmental policy, macroeconomic modeling, regional planning, infrastructure systems, and international conflict resolution. He is the departing faculty director of economic development at Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission, research departments of several European central banks, and other international, state, and federal agencies. Donaghy was the executive director of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) from 1997 to 2003 and was elected as a fellow of the RSAI in 2015.

Donaghy received a B.A. from the State University at Albany in sociology and philosophy prior to receiving his M.S. ('84) and Ph.D. ('87) in regional science from Cornell.

Donaghy succeeds Kent Kleinman, who led the college as the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of AAP for two five-year terms.

"Kent Kleinman has been a tremendous asset to the university throughout his tenure, in his advocacy for the arts, support for students and faculty, and contributions to key architectural committees," Kotlikoff said. "In physical improvements to his college alone, in his first three years at Cornell, he shepherded Milstein Hall through design and approval processes and construction. He has overseen the expansion of AAP's facilities and programs in New York City and Rome, and a master plan for the college on the Ithaca campus culminating in the adaptive-reuse renovation of Rand Hall, where new shops for the college and a state-of-the-art Mui Ho Fine Arts Library will open in 2019. As a result of Kent's leadership, students and faculty will have facilities and resources befitting a top-ranked design school for years to come."

A search for the college's new dean commenced in 2017 and that appointment will be announced in mid-July.

By Rebecca Bowes and Dan Aloi

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