Whit Watts, recently retired faculty member from the
Department of Geography and Regional Planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was recognized by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American
Planning Association with the Planning Leadership Award for a Professional Planner at the annual Pennsylvania State Planning Conference on October 24, 2017.
In describing Watts’ impact on the planning profession and on planning students in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania APA wrote, “Dr. Watts has significantly impacted planning in Pennsylvania via the many citizens and professional planners who have benefited
from his commitment to people and places. He has guided hundreds of IUP students into productive and successful careers as planners and inspired them to values of community service and responsiveness…. Because of his “community experience” approach
to teaching, Dr. Watts and IUP students are routinely active in community planning projects. Whit is recognized for listening and working closely with communities and for helping excite residents and officials into civic action.”
Department of Geography and Regional Planning students and faculty congratulate Watts on his well-deserved Planning Leadership Award and appreciate all of the contributions he has made to the Department, IUP, and Pennsylvania communities, and citizens.