Cornell AAP Professor Sara C. Bronin, a leading voice on historic preservation law and related land use practices, was confirmed as chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 22, 2022.
She was initially nominated by President Joe Biden in June 2021 and renominated in January 2022. Bronin will be on leave from her position at Cornell beginning January 31 and continuing through the duration of her appointment.
During testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on her nomination in 2021, Bronin outlined her priorities. "My passion for preservation comes from the recognition that historic, tribal, and cultural resources benefit us in unique ways," she explained. "They connect us with our past and give us a sense of continuity, identity, and belonging. They generate economic activity, both during rehabilitation projects and for many years after. They offer us a chance to be more sustainable. And perhaps more importantly, they guide our faith and center our spirits. Throughout my work, I have tried to ensure that communities of all kinds can benefit from preservation. I have found that there are many people who share our common commitment to protecting and celebrating the rich and complex stories that make us American."