Assistant Vice President
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Dr. John Cooper is Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach and acting Assistant Director of Institute for Sustainable Communities. Dr. Cooper’s scholarship and practice focuses on participatory planning, particularly as it relates to increasing the extent to which communities can prepare for, survive, and recover from threats to their culture, environment, or economy.
Dr. Cooper has served on several boards including the boards of directors for the Texas Rural Leadership Program (TRLP), the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Bill Anderson Fund. He is currently a member of the National Academies (NASEM) Board on Gulf Education and Engagement, the Advisory Board for the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and serves as chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP).
Dr. Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics as well a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M, before completing a PhD in City and Regional Planning at UNC - Chapel Hill.