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School of Urban Studies and Planning honors founder
Author: Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: May 15, 2005

PSU’s School of Urban Studies and Planning now bears the name of the founder and emeritus dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs, Nohad A. Toulan, an internationally recognized urban planner, in honor of his contributions to both the program and to the field of planning and education.


An Oregonian editorial, (“Goodbye to the Dean of Deans,” July 1, 2004), said, “Toulan’s influence on the Portland region has been so broad that, to do him justice, you’d have to name a piece of the urban growth boundary after him (he helped draw it) or the Metro regional government (which he championed).”

Toulan retired as dean of the college in 2004. As dean emeritus of the college and professor emeritus of the School of Urban Studies and Planning, he continues to serve as a special adviser to PSU President Daniel O. Bernstine on the future development of downtown Portland’s University District.