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CURA Names New Director

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New CURA director Edward Goetz

Date: 
April 22, 2009
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Professor Edward Goetz from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota has been named the new director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), effective June 2009. This appointment follows an internal search process to fill the position after professor Tom Scott stepped down as part of a phased retirement. As CURA director, Goetz will provide administrative oversight and strategic leadership to CURA activities.

Goetz is a former associate dean for academic affairs at the Humphrey School and serves as director of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree program. His research and teaching areas are urban studies and politics, housing policy and discrimination, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development.

Goetz has a history of service and leadership, including having chaired the board of the Urban Affairs Association and the Central Community Housing Trust of Minneapolis, and having been a member of the executive council of the Research Committee on Housing and the Built Environment for the International Sociological Association. He has served on study groups and boards for the Metropolitan Council and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is on the editorial boards of three major housing and urban policy journals.