Urban Planning Conference

Savannah Historic District - Bay Street

Advisory Committee


  • Dr. Reynold Verret, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Robert Smith , Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr. David Smith, Chief of Staff to the President
  • Attorney Joseph Steffen, University Counsel
  • Dr. Bernard Bongang, Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs

Conference Organizers

Organizers of the conference consist of faculty members, staff and student at Savannah State University. The conference organizers are as follows:

  • Dr. Deden Rukmana, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Urban Studies and Planning program (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Otis Johnson, Savannah State University Scholar-in-Residence and Former City of Savannah Mayor (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Daniel Piatkowski, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning program
  • Professor Anne Roise, MCP, CEcD, Instructor of Urban Studies and Planning program
  • Dr. Otilia Iancu, Assistant Professor of the Master of Public Administration program
  • Professor Allynne Tosca Owens, MURP, Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
  • Dr. LaRhonda Odom, Instructor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
  • Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon, Student of the Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning Program
  • Ms. Adriana Lard, Student of the Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning Program
  • Ms. Jannatul Ferdaush, Student of the Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning Program