[Extensions of Remarks]
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IN RECOGNITION OF JAMES W. HUGHES, Ph.D.
HON. FRANK PALLONE, JR.
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize James W. Hughes,
Ph.D. as he prepares to step down as Dean of the Edward J. Blaustein
School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University
of New Jersey on July 1, 2017. Although he is stepping down as Dean
after over 20 years of leadership, Dr. Hughes will continue as a
professor at the University. His long-standing dedication and
remarkable achievements throughout his distinguished career are to be
Dr. Hughes' tenure as Dean of the Edward J. Blaustein School of
Planning and Public Policy began in 1995 and since that time, he has
overseen the awarding of over 5,300 degrees to the school's graduates.
Under his leadership, the Edward J. Blaustein School of Planning and
Public Policy continues to be a preeminent institution for
understanding and advancing the interconnectivity of urban planning and
public health. Dr. Hughes has been a leading voice on sustainable
development, demographics, housing and economics, advising lawmakers on
policies that would improve the well-being of our communities.
Dr. Hughes holds a master's degree in city and regional planning and
a doctorate in urban planning and policy development. He began his
professional career as an engineer and joined the Rutgers University
faculty in 1971. His experience and expertise has earned him several
appointments to various state boards and commissions including the
Governor's Commission on Jobs, Growth and Economic Development and the
Governor's World Class Economy Task Force, among others.
Mr. Speaker, I sincerely hope that my colleagues will join me in
thanking James Hughes for his ongoing service to Rutgers University and
the state of New Jersey. Dr. Hughes' commitment to the betterment of
our communities is truly deserving of this body's recognition.