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Philip Plotch,

Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of the Master of Public Administration program

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About Dr. Plotch

Before joining Saint Peter’s University, Dr. Plotch served as the director of World Trade Center redevelopment and special projects at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where he helped lead the nation’s efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan. He managed a $260 million program to plan, design and build the National 9/11 Memorial and Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. He also oversaw the design and construction of Lower Manhattan open spaces, administered programs to rebuild structures destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and directed programs to attract new businesses and promote economic development. Before working at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Dr. Plotch played a leading role in planning improvements to the New York metropolitan area’s transportation system. As the manager of planning and policy at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he developed strategic business plans, led planning and communications efforts for the subway system’s expansion, and developed a region-wide plan to integrate new technologies.

“Dr. Plotch engages his students with public policy issues by weaving current events into his curriculum, and inviting experts with extraordinary stories into the classroom. His students conduct original research and develop plans to solve local problems.”

Career & Accomplishments


  • New School University’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, Ph.D.

  • Hunter College, M.A.

  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S.


  • Awarded journalism award by the American Planning Association for “in-depth research, hard hitting analysis and compelling look at the politics behind the new Tappan Zee Bridge."

  • Member of the board of trustees for the Museum of Political Corruption and the Center for Ethical Governance.

  • Led civic organization that worked with state legislators to reform New Jersey's real estate development law.

  • Founder and editor of Fair Lawn News.

  • Member of Fair Lawn's planning board, economic development committee, and business leaders committee.

  • Founder of pedestrian improvement committee and chairman of town-wide task force.

  • Member of board of trustees for the Radburn Association.


Author of “Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject” and articles in numerous academic journals and newspapers including The Atlantic, Bergen Record, Daily News, Gotham Gazette, Journal News, Newsday, Star Ledger, and Wall Street Journal.

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