Dr. Roland V. Anglin Named Director of Cornwall Center

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Dr. Marc Holzer, dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University, Newark, has announced the appointment of Dr. Roland V. Anglin as director of SPAA’s Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. Anglin comes to the Cornwall Center from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers-New Brunswick where he was Faculty Fellow since 2000. For seven years he served as the executive director of Bloustein’s Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation. Anglin is nationally renowned for his research in the area of economic and community development in and for marginalized communities.

“We are pleased to welcome Roland Anglin to Rutgers-Newark,” commented Dr. Philip L. Yeagle, interim chancellor of Rutgers University in Newark. “His leadership and expertise will help advance the Cornwall Center’s mission of researching, engaging in public discourse and formulating public policy on pressing issues facing today’s urban areas.”

“With Dr. Anglin at the helm, the Cornwall Center is well-poised to be one of the nation’s leading research institutions on metropolitan studies,” noted Holzer.

Anglin began his academic career at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in the late 1980s. His initial research examined issues related to economic development and growth management. During this time, he published some of the seminal work on citizen attitudes toward sprawl development.

After serving a nine-year stint at the Ford Foundation, where he ultimately served as deputy director for community and resource development, Anglin returned to academia to pursue an active research agenda and manage a number of initiatives for philanthropy, state governments and national community development organizations. He has managed two research evaluations for the state of New Jersey, both linked to the role of crime prevention and youth development as a precursor to economic development.

Anglin’s many publications include three books, Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development (CRC Press); Katrina's Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America (with colleagues) (Rutgers University Press), and Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita (with colleagues) (Brookings Institution Press). His current research focuses on the changing dynamics of current local and community development practice.

Anglin has served on the board of directors of many national and local organizations including the Association for Public Policy and Management, WBGO, a Newark-based jazz radio station, and the Hyacinth Aids Foundation. A resident of Plainfield, New Jersey, Anglin received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, his master’s degree from Northwestern University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago.


Established in July 2000, the Cornwall Center is an integral part of the Rutgers-Newark campus that brings together faculty, staff and students from Rutgers-Newark and allied institutions of higher education. The center provides a distinctive environment in which to promote research and interchange among scholars of urban and metropolitan life, government leaders, businesses, community-based organizations, and private citizens. The center is named after the late Joseph C. Cornwall, the founding chair of The Fund for New Jersey and a widely respected civic leader. To learn more about the center, visit


Founded in 2006, SPAA is the first new school established at Rutgers University in more than 20 years. SPAA’s mission encompasses competence, diversity, knowledge and service, and the school faculty members equip future leaders and educators with the tools necessary to efficiently and effectively deliver government services. It is the only such school at a public university in New Jersey. SPAA enhances New Jersey’s capacity to develop more effective government at all levels, offering degree and non-degree programs, research and technical assistance to make government more transparent to citizens. The school’s most recent initiatives include a national network on performance measurement and reporting, a municipal public performance measurement system, the development of the E-Governance Institute, and an undergraduate major in public service. For more information about the school, visit