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Jezierny selected to lead new institute focusing on regional issues

Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is creating a new institute that will focus on regional issues, and has named an administrator with experience at the University and in state government as its director.

Karen Jezierny, associate dean for administration in the Woodrow Wilson School, will direct the new Policy Research Institute for the Region (PRIOR), effective Jan. 1.

The institute will coordinate the design and execution of research, the creation of courses, the organization of student internships and other service opportunities, and the convening of public forums -- all centering on problems and issues of regional concern. For example, Jezierny is pursuing plans to work with government officials to find ways Princeton faculty might contribute scholarly expertise to the work of state departments and agencies.

"This institute will provide a way to match the research resources of the University with the policy needs of the state and the region," said Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the school. "It also will have the ability to focus attention on specific policy issues and to marshal resources to respond to those issues. And it will provide useful links to both students and faculty seeking to engage with the state and the region in their research and learning."

In her new position, Jezierny will be working closely with Slaughter, University President Shirley M. Tilghman and Vice President for Public Affairs Robert Durkee. Tilghman is a co-chair of Prosperity New Jersey, a statewide agency seeking to foster economic development, in part through linkages between business and academia.

The full story is available in a news release.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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