AMHERST, Mass. - John R. Mullin, professor of urban planning at the University of Massachusetts, will give a Distinguished Faculty Lecture titled, "The Once and Future New England Mill Town," Tues., March 6 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows.
Mullin specializes in economic development, industrial planning, and market analysis, and has consulted on projects throughout New England, and in Pennsylvania and New York. His talk will describe how the hundreds of mill towns across New England have become a special part of our culture, and as the economy has gone through various cycles, they never stay the same. In today’s world, Mullin says, mill towns are once again playing a critical role in the unending transformation of our regional economy.
Mullin, director of the University’s Center for Economic Development, is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and has held many posts in service to the planning profession. He has co-authored two books, " Business Attraction and Retention Strategies" and "Massachusetts Cities and Towns," and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and other publications.
Last spring, Mullin received the campus’s Distinguished Outreach Award. For his assistance with economic development planning to cities and towns in Massachusetts, he received the President’s Public Service Award presented by UMass President William M. Bulger, last fall. Mullin is also a brigadier general (designate) in the Army National Guard.
Mullin joined the University in 1978. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UMass in 1967; a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Rhode Island in 1969; an MBA from Boston University in 1973; and a doctorate in regional planning and resource development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1976.
Mullin’s lecture is the third in a series of four Distinguished Faculty Lectures. On April 10, Jose Mestre, professor of physics, will deliver the final talk of the year. All faculty members in the series receive a Chancellor’s Medal following their lecture. The Chancellor’s Medal is the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the University.