WIlliam Kenney

Class Year: 
Fall River, MA
Master of City Planning, UPenn - 1974
Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MA - J.D., 1977
Boston University School of Law, LLM (Masters - Tax Law), 1985
University of Miami, Coral Gables - Certificate in New Urbanism - 2009
What brought you to Urban Studies?: 

On a family trip to Manhattan when I was just a little guy, I was amazed at the 24-hour a day activity of the city and was hooked. This lead to  a lifelong interest in urban design and city and regional planning.

Areas of interest: 

Urban design; city and regional planning; "smart growth"/"new urbanism"; historic preservation

Career/Career Ambitions: 

Beginning in 1977, I was in private practice of law (mainly real estate-related), first working for others and then, from 1992 to 2013, in my own law firm - William G. Kenney and Associates; from 2013 to 2015, I worked in the Office of the General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance as Manager of Contractor Certification. My new job, which started April 27, 2015, is as Director of City Planning for the City of Fall River, Massachusetts, where I also supervise the Conservation Commission and Licensing Board.

How did majoring in urban studies prepare you for graduate school or your current work?: 

It lead directly to my decision to pursue a Masters in City and Regional Planning.

Appointed to the Fall River Redevelopment Authority by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and currently serve as Chair; appointed to SouthCoast Rail Task Force by Governor Patrick -planning for renewal of passenger rail service between Boston and  southeastern/southcoast  Massachusetts cities of Attleboro, Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford.