Former Riverside Mayor Heads UCR Research Center

Ronald O. Loveridge appointed director the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development

Ronald O. Loveridge

Ronald O. Loveridge

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Ronald O. Loveridge, who has played an active leadership role in local, regional and state government for more than 30 years, has been named director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California, Riverside, effective Jan. 1.

Loveridge, who has been an associate professor of political science at UCR since 1965, succeeds Anil Deolalikar, a UCR professor of economics who has been CSSD’s director since July 2009.

“I am excited to return to the campus both to teach and to lead CSSD,” Loveridge said. “The center will support, and connect, the best of academic research with important policy choices for a sustainable future for this region and Southern California.”

Well-known regionally and nationally for his active leadership roles in a variety of local, state and national organizations, Loveridge served the city of Riverside for 33 years, first as a city councilman from 1979 to 1994, then as its mayor from 1994 to December 2012.

As mayor, he taught one course a year at UCR, “Local Leadership in California.” With his retirement as mayor of Riverside, he will focus his attention at UCR on research related to the growth of suburbs, public policy, urban planning, transportation, air quality, and the intersection of cities and natural lands.

“It is exciting to see Ron take the helm of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.  He brings a combination of leadership, experience, scholarship, and commitment to environmental issues that will serve the community and the university well,” said Martin Johnson, chair of the  Department of Political Science at UCR.

In addition to his duties with the city of Riverside and UCR, Loveridge served as president of the League of California Cities in 2003-04, and is on the boards of the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Southern California Association of Governments, the Western Riverside Council of Governments and the March Joint Powers Authority. In 2004 he was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the South Coast AQMD’s representative to the California Air Resources Board. He currently chairs the Benchmarks Task Force of the Southern California Association of Governments.

In 2010 he served as president of the National League of Cities, a Washington, D.C.-based organization he has been a member of since 2004. He served on the National League’s Executive Committee as its immediate past president in 2011. He also was recently inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration, a prestigious national think tank.

In September 2012 he was appointed by the Ontario City Council to serve on the five-member Ontario International Airport Authority, which would oversee operation of the LA/Ontario International Airport if the authority gains control of the facility from Los Angeles World Airports, its current owner/operator.

Loveridge earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Stanford University.

The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, established in 2003, provides research and analysis with a policy focus on the wide range of issues confronted by suburbs, which have become the dominant form of urban growth around the world.

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