CHICAGO (March 24, 2020) — Fifty-three individuals have been welcomed into the College of Fellows, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association (APA).
These individuals were nominated by their peers, recognizing and honoring their unique contributions to the planning profession and the communities in which they work. The 2020 Class, of which 40 percent are women, represent 28 states and Puerto Rico.
Eligibility for Fellow nomination includes AICP certification and achieving excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, and community service and leadership. The majority of the 2020 Class were nominated by one of 25 APA Chapters. Several inductees were also nominated by six APA Divisions.
Congratulations to the 2020 College of Fellows:
Alissa Barber Torres
M. Rory Bolger
Grace E. Fielder
Lucilla Fuller Marvel
Daniel Van Abs
Paul Van Buskirk
Usually, the class is formally inducted into the College during a ceremony at APA’s National Planning Conference. Given the cancelation of NPC20 to the current pandemic, the AICP Commission will be exploring other opportunities to fully recognize these individuals and their contributions to the planning profession.
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The more than 40,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at www.planning.org.
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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; firstname.lastname@example.org