Campus: CSU, Bakersfield -- December 18, 2000


CSUB Provost Robert Catlin Elected to FAICP

Robert A. Catlin, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Bakersfield, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

The announcement was made by William W. Bowdy, chairman of the American Institute of Certified Planners Fellows Selection Committee.

The American Institute of Certified Planners is an organization for practicing urban planners in the United States.

Catlin joins an elite group. Only 128 urban planners are fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners out of 30,000 practicing urban planners in the United States. Needless to say Catlin was very excited to learn of his election. "This group is essentially the urban planning hall of fame," he said, adding that as far as he knew, "I am the first and only resident of Kern County to receive this honor. I am honored and humbled to be elected to this select group."

As a member of the College of Fellows of American Institute of Certified Planners Catlin will served as a mentor to those starting in the profession, assist with management of the American Institute of Certified Planners endowment, and serve on future American Institute of Certified Planners fellows' selection committees.

Catlin came to CSUB in July 1999, replacing Fred Dorer, who retired. He was born and raised in Chicago where he attended public schools, and received a bachelor of science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. After working as an urban planner, he completed a master's degree in city and regional planning from Columbia University in New York, and his doctorate in American government from Claremont Graduate University.

He began his career as an assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona before moving to the University of South Florida as associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science. He also served as professor and chair of the Department of Minority Studies for five years.

Catlin was appointed dean of the College of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University in 1987. During his tenure there, he established new graduate programs in nursing and urban planning. He also created new departments in social work and health administration. Maintaining rapport with the faculty, he was selected as administrator of the year by the university-wide faculty union in 1988.

In 1992, Catlin was appointed Dean of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University. The college had 3,000 student majors and 140 full-time faculty and more than 100 part-time instructors. As dean, Catlin created a new Department of Computer Science, new graduate programs in mathematics, chemistry and liberal studies, and he coordinated the development of a charter school in a Camden, N.J., inner-city neighborhood.

He is the author of "Racial Politics and Urban Planning: Gary, Indiana," and "Land Use Planning, Environment Protection and Growth Management: the Florida Experience," along with several book chapters, journal articles and reviews.


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