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University Fellowship Will Honor Twin Cities Housing Advocate Charles Krusell

December 19, 2007

The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota are pleased to announce a new fellowship honoring Charles R. Krusell, a Twin Cities pioneer in urban renewal and city development. The Charles R. Krusell Fellowship in Community Development will provide scholarship funds for University of Minnesota graduate students enrolled in urban and regional planning and public policy programs.

Krusell was a pillar in the Twin Cities housing community. When he passed away in 2006, his family, friends, and colleagues partnered with the Humphrey Institute and CURA to honor his lasting contributions to the community. The fellowship will allow his legacy to live on in Minnesota’s future leaders in community development.

Throughout Krusell’s career, he led organizations to lift up and redefine neighborhoods. As the executive director of the Minneapolis Housing and Redevelopment Authority, he pioneered the employment of African-American residents in Minneapolis city government and developed the city’s first affirmative action program. His efforts to engage the Minneapolis business community in the restoration of local neighborhoods led to the creation of the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GHMC), where he served as president from 1970 to 1991.

“Few people in Minneapolis could point in nearly every direction and say they had a hand in the growth and redevelopment of a community as much as Chuck Krusell did,” said Carolyn E. Olson, president of GHMC, one of the fellowship’s leading donors.

Designed as a collaborative effort between the Humphrey Institute and CURA, Krusell Fellows will receive academic training through the Institute while CURA works with community development agencies to develop fieldwork placements for each student. Nearly half of the $1.3 million endowment goal has been raised, which will support three Krusell Fellows each year.

The fellowship is made possible through leading gifts from the Family Housing Fund, the McKnight Foundation, the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, the Dick and Mary Jo Kovacevich Family Foundation, and a number of individual gifts from Krusell’s family, friends, and colleagues.