Robert B. Hunter, FAICP, (B. Arch ’67 and M. Arch ’71)
from the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, has
been elected as president of the national organization of professional
planners from across the United States. His election to the top
position of the American Planning Association (APA), announced
at the national conference in San Antonio, Texas, April 25, will
begin a four year term as leader of the national board of directors,
first year as president elect, two years as president and a fourth
year as past president.
The American Planning Association, with offices in Chicago and
Washington, D.C., is an organization of 40,000 planners, public
and appointed officials and supporters of “Making Great
Communities Happen.” It provides support and leadership
in the development of livable, diversified communities by advocating
excellence in community planning, environmental priorities, promoting
education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and
support necessary to effect positive change.
With over 30 years of city planning leadership experience, Hunter
is well know for being a progressive and determined advocate
for good planning and fiscal responsibility. As Executive Director
of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission in
Tampa, Florida, he has led the agency to its position as a respected,
knowledgeable and “go to” force in a fast growth
county on the west coast of Florida.
“Good neighborhoods and good communities begin with sound
participatory planning,” Hunter said. Because Hunter’s
educational background is in architecture, he is particularly
interested in community design and quality of life issues.
Hunter has been Executive Director of the Planning Commission
since 1987. It is a consolidated agency that has the comprehensive
planning responsibilities for four local governments, the cities
of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and unincorporated Hillsborough
County of over one million people and 1,000 plus square miles.
Hunter overseas a staff of over 60 with expertise in a variety
of areas, including land use, transportation, demographics, environment,
research, economics, fiscal analysis, urban design and computer
Hunter’s background includes being Director of Planning
in San Antonio, Texas, and Reno, Nevada. He was director of Neighborhood
Development in Kansas City, Missouri and has been an adjunct
professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, and
the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas. He was a former
U.S. Navy Lieutenant, Civil Engineer Corps.
In 2001, he was named a Fellow in the American Institute of
Certified Planners. He and his wife Vickie live in Plant City,
Florida. He holds a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from
Texas A&M University.
“We are proud and supportive of Mr. Hunter’s involvement
in the national APA,” Planning Commission Chairman Bruce
P. Cury said. “We know APA will benefit from his leadership
B. Hunter, FAICP (B. Arch '67 and
M. Arch '71)