History Professor Recognized with 2016 James Marston Fitch Award

Timothy Crimmins, Professor of History Emeritus, has been named the 2016 James Marston Fitch Award recipient.

The award is presented each year by the National Council for Preservation Education (NPCE) in memory of pioneering preservation educator James Marston Fitch. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of historic preservation education and dedication to moving the field forward. crimmins1

“I’m honored,” said Crimmins. “It highlights the work that I have done to create a highly visible historic preservation program at Georgia State University, my work with the National Council and the leadership I contributed while serving as its chair. It also recognizes the actual preservation work I’ve done chairing the Commission on the Preservation of the Georgia State Capitol.

Crimmins, current director of Georgia State’s Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies, founded the historic preservation program in 1983. He served as its chair from 1983 to 1998, bringing in faculty from several departments and developing a program that has become the largest graduate program in the History Department.

“It’s been fun,” he said. “I’ve seen the program produce graduates who are leaders in the field of preservation both regionally and nationally. There have been graduates that have become senior staff members in the President’s Advisory Council for Historic Preservation and the Historic Preservation Division in Georgia.”

Crimmins will officially receive the award at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual meeting in November.

About the National Council for Preservation Education

The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting in the development and improvement of historic preservation education. NCPE is currently comprised of 60 member schools and associated partners based in the United States.