The Bloustein School – Serving New Jersey Since 1992
Established and approved by the Rutgers University Board of Governors in 1992, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy serves as one of the nation’s key centres for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis.
Edward J. Bloustein was the seventeenth president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University and received his law and PhD degrees from Cornell. After teaching at NYU and serving as President of Bennington College, he was appointed President of Rutgers in 1971.
Many higher education observers believe that, under Dr Bloustein’s presidency, Rutgers reached a “Golden Age.” His tenure as Rutgers’ president began in the midst of student protests over Vietnam. It ended with protests over proposed increases in student tuition. Still, the intervening years saw the university expand its research facilities, attract internationally known scholars, and achieve distinction as one of the nation's foremost public research universities. In February 1989, the university was invited to join 56 other prestigious academic institutions that makeup American Universities. This kind of recognition that Edward Bloustein worked so diligently for Rutgers during his 18 years in office. This was the same year in which Dr Bloustein passed away.