Clemson professor emeritus receives national recognition for career achievement
CLEMSON — Barry Nocks, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at Clemson University, has been named to the College of Fellows by the American Institute for Certified Planners in recognition of his achievements in urban planning, community service and leadership.
He will be inducted into the College of Fellows April 27in Atlanta during the American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Conference. About 400 of the approximately 15,000 certified planners in the United States have been named Fellows. Nocks is the fifth planner in South Carolina to be tapped.
He has 40 years of experience as a practicing planner, educator, administrator, consultant and citizen planner. He directed the master planning process for the Reedy River Corridor in Greenville that provided the framework for the area’s redevelopment and the creation of the Swamp Rabbit trail.
Nocks retired from Clemson in 2013, having served as professor, director of the city and regional planning program, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, and director of the Center for Community Growth and Change.
During his 35 years at Clemson, he taught graduate courses in planning theory and process, quantitative methods, social and health planning, local planning administration, planning practice studio and negotiation.
He currently serves on the Planning Accreditation Board, the organization that accredits professional planning programs in the U.S., as well as the Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. In Greenville, he has served on the City Planning Commission, is currently chair of the city’s Design Review Board. He has been active in regional planning efforts in the Upstate since 2006, currently serving on the Ten at the Top Board of Directors. He also has been engaged as a consultant and volunteer for a variety of public and private organizations in the Carolinas and throughout the country.
Nocks earned a B.S. degree in industrial engineering/operations research from Cornell University and a Master of Regional Planning and Ph.D. degree in planning from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has lived in Greenville since 1974. His wife, Elaine, retired from the faculty at Furman University. They have a son and two granddaughters who also live in Greenville.