Lee Munnich wins U of M President’s Award for Outstanding Service


Photo: Humphrey School

Congratulations to CTS Scholar Lee Munnich, who was recently selected to receive the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award is presented annually by President Eric Kaler to recognize faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service and commitment to the U of M.

Munnich, a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, led the State and Local Policy Program for 25 years before retiring in 2015. He now teaches and conducts research part time. His work focuses on transportation’s role in the community, congestion pricing, rural transportation safety, and economic competitiveness.

Among his many accomplishments, Munnich spearheaded discussions with transportation stakeholders and decision makers on how to reduce traffic congestion, which led to the implementation of MnPASS lanes on highways in the Twin Cities metro area. He also introduced new methods of thinking about economic development to the Midwest.

Munnich called the award a great honor, saying he is pleased that his peers at the Humphrey School nominated him for the recognition.

“There are a lot of great people I’ve worked with over the years who are dedicated to the common good and community service,” Munnich said. “So it’s a great honor to be recommended by them.”

Munnich is one of 12 U of M faculty and staff receiving the award this year.

Adapted from a post on the Humphrey School of Public Affairs website.

Posted in Economics, Transportation research

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