Wyckoff to lead MSU Land Policy Institute

posted on March 17, 2017 3:24pm

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Mark Wyckoff, Interim Director of LPI, formerly sen. associate director, and current director of Planning & Zoning Center. (view larger image) Mark Wyckoff, Interim Director of LPI, formerly sen. associate director, and current director of Planning & Zoning Center.

Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute (LPI) transitioned to new leadership this month. Scott Witter, PhD, the interim director since 2011, and the former director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction, is retiring. Dean Ronald Hendrick from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources named Mark Wyckoff, the senior associate director of LPI since 2006, and director of the Planning & Zoning Center, as interim director of LPI for the balance of 2017. During that time a process for finding and securing a permanent LPI director will be initiated.

In the next few months, Wyckoff says he is “excited about the opportunity to reconnect with key stakeholders that LPI has served for the last decade and learn their ideas about the kind of service that could be provided by the Land Policy Institute in the future.” He will also continue to pursue some large grant proposals LPI has been working on involving MSU Extension and School of Planning, Design and Construction faculty on projects that could have a big effect on communities in the future.

Founded in 2006, the LPI leads valuable research and analysis on strategic land use issues, including land policy, place strategy, regionalism and public infrastructure. The Land Policy Institute faculty and staff members also provide outreach and education to policy makers in the state, including the executive branch, the Legislature, and regional and local decision makers. The LPI performs economic analyses of contemporary public policies and helps facilitate discussions on alternative ways to pursue a wide variety of public, nonprofit and private sector objectives. The institute will continue to connect land use stakeholders outside MSU with faculty and educators who can address contemporary issues and help find innovative solutions.

The faculty and staff at the Land Policy Institute applaud Scott Witter for his leadership and guidance over the past five years. He helped guide the institute in engagement of a multitude of projects with university faculty, state agencies, municipalities and beyond, including the cutting-edge research and outreach endeavors on placemaking as an economic development tool. We wish Scott all the best in his retirement from Michigan State University.