Wanda Gunning, longtime chair of Princeton Planning Board, steps down

Wanda Gunning (r) and her husband, Robert Gunning. Photo by David Dobkin.

Wanda Gunning, 80, who has served on the local planning board in Princeton for many years and has been the chair of the board for more than 15 years, has stepped down from the planning board.

Gunning is a historian. Her husband, Robert Gunning, is a professor emeritus in the mathematics department at Princeton University

Louise Wilson will serve as the acting chair of the planning board until a nominating committee recommends a chair and the board formally votes to appoint a chair and vice chair. The nominating committee includes Julie Capozzoli, Alvin McGowen, Jeff Oakman, and David Cohen.


  1. It’s hard to think of the right words to express what Wanda Gunning’s presence has meant to our Princeton Planning Board and community. The words that come to mind are kind, fair, reasonable and a model for what the head of a Planning Board should be. I liked walking into the room every time she was leading the meeting. She made us all feel at home.

  2. Jim: Well said. Wanda is the model that all Princetonian Board members should seek to emulate.

  3. Thank you Ms. Wanda Gunning for your years of service to the Municipality of Princeton. You have served with humility and grace.

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