Betsy Price to speak at School’s commencement ceremony

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson
Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth and a University of Texas at Arlington alumna, will speak at the School of Urban and Public Affairs commencement ceremony.
Price’s posted biography states, “Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th Mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Throughout her early tenure, Mayor Price has been focused on fiscal responsibility, creating a stronger economy through public/private partnerships, and strengthening our neighborhoods through her faith-based and citywide health engagement initiatives that are set to launch this spring.”
Approximately 380 students at the doctoral, master, and bachelor levels will hear the Mayor’s words of wisdom and they prepare to bridge from the world of academics to their chosen professions.
The joint commencement ceremony of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, the School of Social Work, and University Studies will held December 16 at the University’s College Park Center.

Dean Barbara Becker named Chair of the Planning Accreditation Board

Barbara Becker (file photo)

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

The School of Urban and Public Affairs is pleased to announce that its Dean, Barbara Becker, will serve as the chair of the Planning Accreditation Board for the next two years.

Dean Becker says she is honored to serve an organization that is so vital to both academic planning programs and to the planning profession as a whole. Board members are appointed by the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning (academics) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (professionals).

“The board safeguards the quality of planning programs through the accreditation process,” said Dean Becker.

Dean Becker also served as Vice Chair for two years during her tenure on the Board, which began in 2008.  She says her time on the Board has been busy with writing and getting approval for new accreditation standards.