Mr. John Gaadt, AICP
Mr. Gaadt is an Adjunct Professor in the Geography & Planning Department. He has served on the faculty since 2017, and is an environmental and land use planning consultant with over 35 years of professional experience. Currently he leads a successful planning consulting practice located in Chadds Ford, PA. GAADT PERSPECTIVES, LLC specializes in environmental and land use planning issues, including the creation of strategies to protect natural resources, preserve open space, mitigate environmental impacts, and encourage sustainable development. He is licensed through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and maintains memberships in the American Planning Association (APA), the American Planning Association - Pennsylvania Chapter, the American Planning Association - Delaware Chapter, and the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), among others. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Kennett Area Park Authority. He has a Master's degree in Regional Planning, with a specialization in environmental planning, and a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Planning, with a specialization in energy and the environment. After many years of working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Mr. Gaadt felt the need to give back and help students understand what it's like working in the planning profession. At WCU, Mr. Gaadt teaches classes in land use planning, suburbanization and land use, and environmental planning.