Thomas named new President of ACSP

Thomas named new President of ACSP

June Manning Thomas, Centennial Professor at Taubman College, was inducted as President of the Governing Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), on November 15, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio.

Thomas will serve a two-year term of office for the international association composed of urban planning schools located largely in the U. S. but with member schools around the world. ACSP promotes education, research, service and outreach in the U. S. and throughout the world by seeking to strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement.

Thomas is a native of Orangeburg, S.C., where her father served as President of Claflin University (a HBCU), and her mother as associate professor; Thomas helped integrate the local high school there in 1964.

Thomas received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Michigan State University and her doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Michigan, where she was a funded Danforth Fellow. She is an inducted Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planning, a professional organization for experienced U. S. urban planners. Her latest books include the co-edited The City after Abandonment (2013), the forthcoming co-edited Mapping Detroit: Evolving Land Use Patterns and Connections (2014), and Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit, 2nd ed. (2013); the latter received the Davidoff Award from ACSP. Her latest research concerns the response of Detroit neighborhood organizations to the foreclosure crisis in Detroit. She and her husband Richard live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and they have two adult children.