April 28, 2009

Illinois Planning Director Is New APA President

MINNEAPOLIS — Champaign, Illinois, Planning Director Bruce Knight, FAICP, was inducted today as President of the American Planning Association (APA), a 44,000-member organization committed to promoting better communities through good planning.

Knight began his two-year term as President today at APA's National Planning Conference in Minneapolis — Knight's home town. He will be responsible for leading the 13-member APA Board of Directors in setting organizational policies and strategic goals. This is a volunteer position.

Knight has more than 30 years of planning experience working for municipalities in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. He has served as Champaign's planning director for 20 years, overseeing the development of multiple long range plans and the rebirth of Downtown Champaign as an urban center, rewriting all of the city's development codes and ordinances, and actively promoting improvements to the quality of life throughout the community. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Knight is a certified planner and a Fellow of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners.

A long-standing leader in APA, Knight has been active within the organization for more than 20 years. He has served as a board member for eight years, being elected twice to four-year terms by members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He also is chair of APA's membership committee. Knight previously served as chair of APA's National Planning Awards for five years, as chair of the Great Places in America Task Force, and as the APA Illinois Chapter president for two terms.

Knight has a bachelor's degree in urban planning from Iowa State University and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Iowa.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org