Humphrey School News

25 Years & Change, the Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program

September 18, 2015
Lee and Frank

The Humphrey School invites you to help us celebrate the State and Local Policy Program’s 25 Years and Change event to commend the enormous contributions of outgoing Director Lee Munnich to the program, and to welcome in his successor, Frank Douma as the new director. This event is one of transition, marking 25 years of inspiring leadership and direction and welcoming in the future for the SLPP department under new leadership. Help us reflect upon Lee’s tremendous contributions to the School and reign in a new 25 years of change.

Dean Eric Schwartz says, “Lee Munnich has led SLPP with distinction, and has played a critical role in advancing the quality of policy formulation on transportation issues. Under his leadership, SLPP has become the key venue for important public discussions that lead to the implementation of policy innovations. I am happy to announce that, even after he resigns his Director position, Lee will continue his important research on policy innovations related to transportation and economic development.” Before joining SLPP in 1991, Munnich had a distinguished career in public life serving on various levels of state and local government.

Current Associate Director Frank Douma, an alumnus of the Humphrey School, will succeed Lee as the new director of the State and Local Policy Program. “Frank has a superb record of accomplishments at SLPP, building a research portfolio and network that will ensure SLPP will continue to thrive,” says Schwartz. Frank is a trained attorney and has been engaged in the MnDOT Telework Program, serving as one of the leading national experts on the issues relating to self-driving cars. In this new role, Frank will also take on the role of coordinator of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program at the Humphrey School.

The event is from 4– 5:30 p.m. on October 2 in the Humphrey School Atrium. There will be a social hour followed by remarks from Congressman Martin O. Sabo, Director of the Center for Transportation Studies, and Dean Eric Schwartz alongside our two honorees, Lee Munnich and Frank Douma. Register for the event here.

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