Harry West

1941 - 2014

Harry West served as Professor of Practice in the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) from 2005 until his death in 2014.   Prior to joining the Tech faculty, he had more than 48 years experience managing and planning public projects and reviewing private development proposals. Early in his career, Mr. West was the County Manager of Fulton County, Georgia’s largest and most diverse county as well as home to the City of Atlanta. Major public works projects, capital improvement budgets and bond funds were a part of his responsibility. For 28 years (1972-2000), he was employed by the Atlanta Regional Commission, the comprehensive planning agency for the Atlanta metropolitan area, the last 27 years as Executive Director. The ARC is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation planning along with other functional areas such as economic development, water supply, waste water management, parks and open space, and land use along the Chattahoochee River Corridor.  Just prior to joining CQGRD, Mr. West held a senior position with Parsons Corporation, participating in the management, planning, public involvement, and agency coordination aspects of environmental impact assessment projects in Colorado and Florida, strategic transportation planning in Connecticut, Maglev feasibility and DEIS in Georgia, a comprehensive HOV study for the Atlanta area, a comprehensive long-range transportation plan for Puerto Rico and a feasibility study of commuter rail in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

The Georgia Tech community was greatly affected by West’s vision and his years of service to Atlanta. “Harry could have chosen to pursue a comfortable retirement, but he instead decided to share his wisdom and experience by coming to work with the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development as a Professor of Practice,” Dean Steve French said. “He made valuable contributions to our research and teaching missions over the past decade. But above all else, Harry was a kind and gentle soul, who really wanted to make a difference in this world.

Educational Background

1987 - MA, Certificate, (Senior Executive in State and Local Government), Harvard University

1977 - PA (Civilian Participant), Army War College, Carlisle Barracks

1969 - MPA (Public Administration), University of Georgia

1968 - Certificate, (Public Affairs), National Institute of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.

1965 - Certificate (Advanced Management), ICMA, Washington, D.C.

1962 - BBA (Business Administration), University of Georgia