Former mayor of Philadelphia joins SIPA

I recently shared an extensive blog post highlighting all of the new faculty, professional practitioners and visiting scholars at SIPA this year. Today, I received word that there’s another prominent person to add the list: the Honorable Michael A. Nutter. Here’s an excerpt of the welcome from SIPA Dean Merit E. Janow:

I am pleased to announce that the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, will join the SIPA faculty this semester as a professor of professional practice in urban policy.

As many of you know, Mayor Nutter recently completed eight years of service as Philadelphia’s chief executive, where he was widely recognized as a reformer who led changes in policing, economic development, taxation, sustainability policy, and other important areas. From 2012 to 2013, he also served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

He was among the United States’ most visible and commended mayors: named a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine in 2014, and cited by Esquire as one its Americans of the Year in 2011. The city government of Philadelphia received more than 150 awards for innovative programs, good government practices, and general excellence during his tenure.

Prior to becoming mayor, Mr. Nutter served as a member of the Philadelphia City Council for nearly 15 years, from 1992 to 2006, and also as chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board from 2003 to 2007. A West Philadelphia native and lifelong city resident, he was educated at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

He will bring immense insights and experience to SIPA, including our degree concentration in Urban and Social Policy. I hope you will join me in welcoming him to our community.

So there you have it! We’ve officially added to our ranks another U.S. mayor. (NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins anyone?)

You may read more about Mayor Nutter’s background on the SIPA website.