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The Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer, the Right Honourable Tricia Marwick, MSP, delivered a fascinating NYU Wagner guest lecture on April 10 entitled “Scotland’s Journey to and Beyond the Referendum on Independence.”

As the elected Presiding Officer – or Speaker – of the Scottish Parliament, Ms. Marwick had a unique and non-partisan viewpoint of the independence referendum held last September, which she described as her “ringside seat.”

Her speech covered Scotland’s rich history of democratic engagement and the challenges since

Vicki Been returned to NYU Wagner to discuss her role at the helm the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the ambitious city program to build and preserve 200,000 affordable apartment units in a decade’s time.

The eagerly-anticipated 2015 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum drew a capacity crowd of more than 150 students, researchers, policy makers, advocates, and developers on April 7. Commissioner Been was familiar to many in the audience as Professor of

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on April 7 the appointment of NYU Wagner’s Gordon J. Campbell to the Board of Directors of the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), and recommended the Board elect Campbell as its Vice Chairperson.

Professor Campbell serves as a Professor of Practice at NYU Wagner and directs the school’s Executive MPA program.

He brings, as the Mayor recounted,

Gordon J. Campbell, Professor of Practice at NYU Wagner and Director of the school’s Executive MPA Program, is among two dozen seasoned nonprofit human services executives who have been named to a blue-ribbon Commission of the Human Services Council (HSC) to look into the closures of several large nonprofit human services organizations in New York City. Campbell, with more than three decades of experience as a government official and nonprofit leader, will chair the new Commission.

The role of the Commission is to seek to “understand the

The annual “40 Under 40” issue of Crain’s New York for 2015 honors NYU Wagner alumnus Gary Rodney (MUP, 1999). As President of the New York City Housing Development Corp., Rodney is at the forefront of carrying out Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years. Don't miss the profile.