Nocks named to national planning program accreditation board
CLEMSON — Barry C. Nocks, professor and director of Clemson University's city and regional planning program, has been appointed as one of three planning educators on the national Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), the accrediting body in North America for university programs in planning.
Nocks’ three-year term on the national board begins in December. The board currently accredits 86 programs at 74 institutions.
“Barry brings a unique combination of skills and abilities to this position that I believe make him perfect for the job,” said Cheryl K. Contant, president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. “He has over 30 years of planning education and administrative experience and he has served on seven PAB site visits and chaired five of them. Therefore, he has a wealth of real planning education and accreditation experience.
“By his nature, Barry is not wedded to one approach,” Contant said, “but looks for innovative and creative alternatives and values them — an important quality for a board member.”
Nocks joined the Clemson faculty in 1979. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering/operations research from Cornell University in 1969, a master’s in regional planning from the University of North Carolina in 1972 and a Ph.D. in planning from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1978. He has been active throughout his career in numerous academic, professional, government and community organizations. Most notably, Nocks directed the Reedy River Master Plan in Greenville in 2002, served as past chairman of the Greenville City Planning Commission and now is chairman of the Design Review Board in Greenville.
“Accreditation is vital to the education and training of planners who can help improve local quality of life and continue to grow professionally over their careers,” Nocks said. “The PAB is unique in that it is a partnership of academic and professional organizations that have come together to ensure that teaching and research are integrated with practice-related knowledge and skills. I am looking forward to continuing the process of making connections between the academy and practice.”
Clemson’s graduate program in city and regional planning is home to approximately 44 students and seven faculty members. The program is ranked seventh in the nation (among non-Ph.D. granting programs) by the Planetizen 2009 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.