Carl Van Horn

Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University

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Carl Van Horn is a widely recognized expert on workforce, human resources, and employment policy issues with extensive experience in public and private sector policymaking. Van Horn is the founding director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development—one of the nation’s leading academic centers on workforce policy and practice. Van Horn is a Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is the elected chairperson of the Bloustein School Faculty Council. On the Rutgers faculty since 1978, he is a member of the university’s graduate faculties of planning and public policy, management and labor relations, education, and political science. He has written more than 75 articles and 12 books and is frequently sought by national media for his views on labor, workforce, and economic issues. His most recent book is entitled A Nation At Work, published by Rutgers University Press in 2003.

Van Horn has also held several senior level policymaking positions in the government and at universities. He has been the Director of Policy for the State of New Jersey, senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and chairperson of the Public Policy Department at Rutgers. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Business-Higher Education Forum of New Jersey and his past Board memberships include the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, New Jersey Transit, the Amtrak Reform Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Special Arbitration Committee on Labor Protection for Amtrak Employees. He was appointed by President Clinton to a Presidential Emergency Board to mediate a new contract between labor and management in the railroad industry. He has served as Neutral Trustee for the United Mine Workers combined health funds since 1998. In 2002, New Jersey Governor James McGreevey appointed him to the Review, Implementation and Steering Committee on higher education restructuring and as co-chair of its Executive Advisory Committee. Van Horn has been a member of the New Brunswick Cultural Center Board of Directors since 2002. He has advised and consulted with numerous public and private organizations on human resource, training, education, and management issues.