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John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair In Growth Management and Development

The John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair in Growth Management and Development was established in 2000 in the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

The mission of the Eminent Scholar is to advance knowledge and scholarship in growth management and development and to promote the planning and implementation of smart growth initiatives.

The Eminent Scholar also works closely with the John M. DeGrove Research Library, both by utilizing its resources and advancing its collection.

John Norquist

As a politician and champion of new urbanist planning practices, John Norquist served in the Wisconsin Senate for six years and as the Mayor of Milwaukee, WI from 1988-2003. Norquist’s claim to fame while in office were the reforms of both education and welfare, and the tear-down of the Park East Freeway in Milwaukee, which provoked a decline in poverty and an increase in downtown housing. While serving as President and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism from 2004-2014, John aided many municipal governments in their quest to regain great urbanism through tackling regulatory obstacles. He also broke planning barriers by heading a national CNU campaign to support local cities with the tear-down of their own freeways and to spark economic development in their downtown districts. John is a leader in national discussions that focus on urban design, education, welfare, free trade, federal assistance, and the role of government.


The essence of the DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair lies in Dr. DeGrove’s own work. A leading authority in planning and public administration, DeGrove directed the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems from 1971 to 1998 with vision and passion. He saw the Center as an applied research and public service unit that would “reach out to other state universities and, through my involvement in efforts to manage growth and change around the nation and beyond, draw ideas from national and international growth strategies.” He further summed up the task commenting on the new Eminent Scholar Chair, which he held for one year upon his retirement in 2000: "Whether it's called smart growth, building sustainable urban and rural communities, or managing growth and change, the heart of the challenge is to plan carefully for the growth that has and will continue to come in Florida.” The Chair was established in honor of Dr. DeGrove, who was a leader in growth management in Florida and the United States for decades. The original funding for the Chair came from an anonymous source and was combined with other donations and the Florida Legislature's matching gift program.

John M. DeGrove

John M. DeGrove was promoted to lieutenant via a battlefield commission and was awarded a Silver Star in World War II. He received his B.A. in History from Rollins College, M.A. in Political Science from Emory University, and Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina. After teaching at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina, he joined FAU’s Department of Political Science and later served as Dean of the College of Social Sciences. From 1971 to 1998, DeGrove headed the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. For over three decades he led growth management in Florida and the United States, served on state and national commissions, authored numerous books and articles, and was known as a national authority in planning and public administration. His memberships include the National Academy of Public Administration, American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and Fellow in AICP. During his tenure as Secretary of Florida Department of Community Affairs, DeGrove served as a key player in passing the historic 1985 Growth Management Act and State Comprehensive Plan. He was a founding member and president of 1000 Friends of Florida, the state’s growth management watchdog group. In 2000, he retired from FAU as Eminent Scholar Emeritus in Growth Management and Development in the College for Design and Social Inquiry. In 2005, DeGrove returned from the trenches of growth politics with Planning Policy and Politics: Smart Growth and the States. A sequel to his 1984 Land, Growth and Politics and 1992 The New Frontier for Land Policy, this recent book is the definitive study on smart growth in the states at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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