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Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location. Thursdays at Four, Sept. 25, 2014

Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location

September 25, 2014, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Discussion with John Bryson, Planning & Public Affairs, and Pat Nunnally, River Life


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The University of Minnesota occupies a unique location: on one of the great rivers of the world, and a land grant university in a large metropolitan area.  But that sense of place becomes “strategic” when the University uses it to further its overall mission and goals, as a world-class comprehensive teaching, research, and engagement university.

Two U of M experts, one from the faculty and a long-time staff member, discuss different ways in which a strategic approach to the University’s location can be advantageous.  The facilitated conversation will explore starting points for strategic planning, pitfalls and challenges that may be encountered on the way, obstacles that are distinctive to large-scale collaborative efforts, and how strategic planning can be understood as successful.

John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs and Interim Associate Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and the design of organizational and community change processes. He wrote the best-selling and award-winning, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 4th Edition (2011), and co-wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (2005). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prof. Bryson has received many awards for his work, including four best book awards, three best article awards, the General Electric Award for Outstanding Research in Strategic Planning from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Research Award and the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. In 2011 he received the Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration; the award honors persons who have made “outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended scholarly career of at least 25 years.” He serves on the editorial boards of the Public Management Review, International Public Management Journal, American Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Public Affairs Education.

From 2004 to 2008 he was associate dean for research at the Humphrey School. From 1998 to 2000 he was director of the School’s Master of Public Affairs degree; from 1997 to 2000 he was collegiate program leader for the University of Minnesota Extension Service; from 1997 to 1999, he was director of the School’s Reflective Leadership Center; and from 1983 to 1989, he was associate director of the University’s Strategic Management Research Center. He has consulted with a wide variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America and Europe.

He holds a doctorate and master of science degree in urban and regional planning and a master of arts degree in public policy and administration, all from the University of Wisconsin.

As the coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s River Life program, Pat Nunnally works to establish lasting relationships among the University of Minnesota and groups working on river sustainability.

In the past two decades, Nunnally has developed a unique practice as a consulting historian, communications manager and interpretive planner, with a focus on rivers, trails and scenic byways. He has organized events and conferences with a Mississippi River connection, and has presented his work at numerous academic and professional meetings. He’s also worked with public agencies and private firms on many planning projects for culturally sensitive sites.

Nunnally’s writings have appeared in a variety of forms, including the ongoing blog River Talk. His latest published piece is a short reflection on the importance of diverse stories in shaping an inclusive future for the Mississippi River. The City, the River, the Bridge, an edited collection of essays examining the consequences and aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse, was published in January 2011.

Since 1999, Nunnally has served on the U of M faculty, teaching classes in landscape planning and urban studies. He holds graduate degrees in English, American studies and landscape architecture from Vanderbilt University, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota.
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