Pennoni Vice Chairman Named to National Planning Fellowship
Apr 03, 2016
Pennoni Vice Chairman Thomas D. Rust was inducted into the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows – the highest honor bestowed by the professional institute under the American Planning Association (APA). Rust was designated as a Fellow at the 2016 Fellows of AICP Induction Ceremony on April 3, 2016 during the 2016 National Planning Conference in April in Phoenix, AZ.
Fellowship is granted to planners who have achieved certification through AICP, and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Invitations to join the College of Fellows come after a thorough nomination and review process, ensuring the candidate has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the planning profession.
“Individuals who make up the College of Fellows are the true leaders of the planning profession,” said AICP President Valerie Hubbard, FAICP. “These individuals have made lasting contributions to the profession and have inspired generations of new planners. They are truly awe-inspiring.”
Holding more than 50 years of experience as a planner and civil engineer, Rust has a diversified engineering and planning background, as well as in community and civic involvement. He spent five years on the Town Council of Herndon, Virginia, before serving as the mayor for 20 years. He has served in the Virginia General Assembly in the House of Delegates since being elected in 2001 and retired in 2016. Additionally, he served as the Chairman and Senior Principal of Patton Harris Rust Associations, and currently serves as Vice Chairman of Pennoni. Most recently, Rust received the 2015 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award – Government, as presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was recognized by Virginia Tech as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Rust was one of 61 inductees into this year’s College of Fellows. Inductions are done biennially. Currently, there are 508 members in the College of Fellows.