Celebrating 20 Years


Bloustein School celebrates 20th anniversary in 2011-12 academic year

In September 2011 the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and P ublic Policy began celebrating its 20th anniversary. Established and approved by the Rutgers University Board of Governors in 1992, the school serves as one of the nation’s key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis.

Anniversary Grand Reception, April 26, 2012

Symposium on Planning Healthy, Sustainable Communities

With its urban planning program ranked third nationally, and its public policy program recently accredited, the Bloustein School is committed to a rebirth of the public service ethic in the United States. The ethic focuses on good civic design in its broadest sense, encompassing such endeavors as housing, transportation, workforce development, public health, economic development ecological balance, and social justice for the disadvantaged. The school supports a wide variety of educational activities, including undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs, continuing education and conferences for professionals and alumni, and a range of research centers focused on major planning and policy issues.

Edward J. Bloustein was the 17th president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University and received his law and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell. After teaching at NYU and serving as President of Bennington College, he was appointed President of Rutgers in 1971, forty years ago. Under Edward J.Bloustein’s presidency, Rutgers advanced to achieve distinction as one of the major public research universities in the nation, and was invited in 1989 to join 56 other prestigious academic institutions that make up the Association of American Universities. This was the same year in which Dr. Bloustein passed away.

The establishment of the School of Planning and Public Policy was one of Dr. Bloustein’s last acts as president, and it was named in his honor in 1992. Citing his leadership in establishing partnerships among the university, state, and private sector as well as his great involvement in the public service mission of the university, the Rutgers Board of Governors noted that he often spoke of the need for a school to serve local and state public policy concerns and of the importance of community service as part of a liberal education.

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