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NEW NTAC DIRECTOR NAMED

NTAC Welcomes Andrew Theising as its New Director

September 24, 2001

The Executive Committee of the East St. Louis Action Research Project announced the appointment of Andrew Theising, Ph.D as the third Director of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center in East St. Louis. Theising succeeds Cathy Klump who has accepted a position at the National Training and Information Center in Chicago.

During his interviews, Theising said, "I have been studying East St. Louis for over seven years, and now I want to get involved directly in helping residents improve their city." Theising said the history of East St. Louis shows that problems linger even though populations change. "The same problems existed 100 years ago," Theising said.

Theising holds three degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Bachelor, Masters and Ph D in Political Science with an emphasis on Urban Politics. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of East St. Louis.

Prior to joining the NTAC team, Theising was Director of Community Policy Department at FOCUS St. Louis, the citizens' league in St. Louis, MO. From 1997-2001 his general responsibilities included program budgets, staff coordination, consultant contract management, public policy publication, policy grants, entrepreneurial bids, strategic plan development and maintenance, and organizational direction in government affairs and sustainable infrastructure.

Theising was interviewed for the position of NTAC Director by representatives of community-based organizations in and around East St. Louis and by UIUC and NTAC faculty and staff.

ESLARP Director, Robert Selby said, "Each NTAC Director has unique qualifications and skills. We have every confidence that Andrew's educational and professional background has qualified him well to be our NTAC Director for the future."

Document author(s) : Robert I. Selby, AIA, Director, East St. Louis Action Research Project
Last modified: 08 November 2001, Deanna Koenigs