(Extensions of Remarks - June 21, 2017)

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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 106 (Wednesday, June 21, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E859]
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                        HON. FRANK PALLONE, JR.

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize James W. Hughes, 
Ph.D. as he prepares to step down as Dean of the Edward J. Blaustein 
School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University 
of New Jersey on July 1, 2017. Although he is stepping down as Dean 
after over 20 years of leadership, Dr. Hughes will continue as a 
professor at the University. His long-standing dedication and 
remarkable achievements throughout his distinguished career are to be 
  Dr. Hughes' tenure as Dean of the Edward J. Blaustein School of 
Planning and Public Policy began in 1995 and since that time, he has 
overseen the awarding of over 5,300 degrees to the school's graduates. 
Under his leadership, the Edward J. Blaustein School of Planning and 
Public Policy continues to be a preeminent institution for 
understanding and advancing the interconnectivity of urban planning and 
public health. Dr. Hughes has been a leading voice on sustainable 
development, demographics, housing and economics, advising lawmakers on 
policies that would improve the well-being of our communities.
  Dr. Hughes holds a master's degree in city and regional planning and 
a doctorate in urban planning and policy development. He began his 
professional career as an engineer and joined the Rutgers University 
faculty in 1971. His experience and expertise has earned him several 
appointments to various state boards and commissions including the 
Governor's Commission on Jobs, Growth and Economic Development and the 
Governor's World Class Economy Task Force, among others.
  Mr. Speaker, I sincerely hope that my colleagues will join me in 
thanking James Hughes for his ongoing service to Rutgers University and 
the state of New Jersey. Dr. Hughes' commitment to the betterment of 
our communities is truly deserving of this body's recognition.