The I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professorship
The I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professorship in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy was established by the University of California, Berkeley in July 1999 to develop and promote academic excellence and national leadership in housing studies and urban policy. The professorship honors the memory of Don Terner, a pioneer and innovator in the provision of housing affordable to American families. Terner was also a former member of the Berkeley faculty.
Terner accompanied U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown on his mission of peace and hope to the Balkans and died in the tragic plane crash on April 3, 1996. Don had served as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development and, subsequently, as founding President of San Francisco's BRIDGE Housing Corporation, a national pacesetter in providing quality, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families.
The I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professorship was established by a core group of Don Terner's friends and associates to honor his leadership. The proceeds from the Terner Distinguished Professorship support research and teaching throughout the Berkeley campus and will encourage closer links between the university and the broader policy and professional community.
In June 1999, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl announced the appointment of John M. Quigley as the first holder of the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professorship.