Rutgers’ Announces Jim Hughes’ Will Step Down; Return to Faculty

James W. Hughes, dean of Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy –  who has long been renowned as expert on demographics, housing and regional economics – will step down from his post at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, according to Rutgers.  Rutgers says he will return to the faculty.

Hughes began his academic career at Rutgers in 1971, and became dean of the Bloustein School in 1995.

Hughes is a key figure in the New Jersey business community, and is visible as a guest speaker at countless events/seminars.

Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, said in a statement, “Dean Hughes has been a prolific researcher and scholar for Rutgers. He is a Distinguished Professor and is the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report, which has produced over 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region. He is author or co-author of 34 books and monographs and more than 150 articles. Among his books are New Jersey’s Postsuburban Economy, published by the Rutgers University Press, and The Atlantic City Gamble, published by the Harvard University Press.  He was also a contributing editor to the magazine American Demographics for 14 years.”

Overall, Hughes is sought for his expert advice regarding most New Jersey – and even national matters – within his broad spheres of expertise.

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