James Hughes, Rutgers University’s eminence grise of population demographics, housing, and the economy has announced his departure as dean of the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy after 22 years in the position.
When Hughes joined the Bloustein School, information technology was in its infancy. He discussed this within the context of New Jersey’s changing economy in a wide-ranging interview with NJTV news anchor Mary Alice Williams.
Noting that “we have to realize we are now in a post-suburban economic era,” Hughes said, “New Jersey thrived in the great era of suburbanization, particularly the suburbanization of economic activity in the 1980s and we reinvented the economy at that point in time. Looking forward, we have to begin the process of reinventing it a second time.”
He added, “To have a world-class economy you have to have a world-class transportation system and that really was the case in New Jersey until the last 10 years or so.”
Rutgers University will be launching a national search for his successor.
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