September 9, 2011

APA President Selected for Hunter College's First Robert C. Weaver Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO — APA President Mitchell Silver, AICP, is the first recipient of Hunter College's Robert C. Weaver Distinguished Service Award through the department of urban affairs and planning. The faculty-created award recognizes individuals who, like the late Dr. Weaver, have made exceptional use of their talents and expertise to shape policies, implement plans, and serve as leaders in the urban professions.

President Mitchell Silver, AICPSilver was selected to receive the award because of his many accomplishments over his 25-year planning career. He will be presented with the award at the Urban Dialogue & Award Ceremony, Friday, September 16. The event includes "Planning and Community: A Conversation with Mitch Silver," a dialogue between Silver and his former professor and mentor Dr. Eugenie Birch, FAICP, the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, Chair of the Graduate Group in City Planning, and Co-Director of the Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. The event will take place at the Roosevelt House Institute for Public Policy.

"Mitch Silver is an exemplary city planner," said Dr. Birch. "He has the courage to lead and the wisdom to listen. He has shared his knowledge tirelessly whether it is mentoring students or colleagues, contributing endless hours to APA or co-editing the latest version of the Green Book. He is the perfect recipient of the Robert C. Weaver Prize."

A Hunter College Graduate with a Master of Urban Planning, Silver is the Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has held professional positions in both the public and private sectors, including senior management positions in New York City and Washington, D.C.

In 2010, Silver was elected president of the American Planning Association (APA), a 40,000 member organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. He served one year as president-elect before taking office in April 2011 for his two-year term. As president, Silver is responsible for leading the 13-member APA Board of Directors in governing the association and setting strategic goals.

"This is a wonderful honor bestowed upon Mitch. Not only does the award recognize the many achievements of Dr. Weaver, but it is being presented to an individual that also has achieved so much over his career, and I'm certain will continue to accomplish even more," said APA CEO W. Paul Farmer, FAICP. "The association is honored to have such an inspirational individual leading our organization, and guiding the profession, and fighting for America's communities."

The Robert C. Weaver Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of Weaver, a former Hunter College professor in the department of City Planning & Urban Design Center. Weaver was named the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, which made him the first African American to serve in a Presidential Cabinet.

Information about the event


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