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Date: Apr 13, 2007
Former Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening, President of Smart Growth Leadership Institute, to Give Distinguished Speaker LectureHofstra University, Hempstead, NY – “Sustainable Growth on Long Island” will be the topic of a Distinguished Speaker Lecture delivered by Parris N. Glendening, president of Smart Growth Leadership Institute, on Wednesday, April 18 from 8-9:30 a.m. The lecture will take place in the Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, located on the 10th floor of the Joan & Donald E. Axinn Library, south campus.
The Smart Growth Leadership Institute is a project of Smart Growth America, a nationwide coalition of nearly 100 organizations promoting a better way to grow, one that protects open space and farmland, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and makes communities more livable. Mr. Glendening travels the country advising about the dangers of urban sprawl and its effect on our communities, as well as recommending a range of solutions.
Previously, he spent eight years as governor of Maryland, where he made the environment – especially smart growth, education and inclusiveness – the heart of his legislative, administrative and personal agenda. He was elected to statewide office after serving three terms as county executive of Prince George’s County, a jurisdiction of 800,000 outside of Washington, D.C.
Mr. Glendening attended Florida State University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in 1964, a Master’s degree in 1965 and a Doctorate in 1967, all in the area of political science. Following
graduation, he taught political science for 27 years at the University of Maryland prior to his
election as governor in 1994. His textbooks on government and politics have been used at more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation.
For his dedication to preserving open space, ending sprawl and revitalizing Maryland’s communities, Gov. Glendening received the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Olmsted Award and the Harvard Innovations in American Government Award. He was also named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine and received the National Civic League’s All American City Award, presented to him by then President Ronald Reagan.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students find their edge to succeed in more than 140 undergraduate and 155 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors studies, and a School of Law.