The Department of Economics is gearing up for its centennial. Economics courses were introduced at the University of Illinois in 1870, a year after the doors opened. David Kinley, the ranking professor at the time (he earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin in 1893), founded the department in 1895. When the College of Commerce and Business Administration was incorporated, in 1915, economics was one of the original three departments along with business organization and transportation. David Kinley had a long and illustrious career at the university. After founding and serving as head of the department, he became dean of the Arts & Sciences School and later president of the university. In addition to being an administrator he was a savvy politico.

Jane Leuthold has been appointed acting head of the Department of Economics for the 1 1994-95 academic year, while a search committee seeks a permanent head. Dan Orr, head since 1989, stepped down in August. Professor Leuthold has been at the college since 1967. She served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1987-90. Her service to the department, college, and university has been broad and deep. She is the current chair of the University of Illinois Senate Council.

A specialist in the economics of taxation and public finance in developing economies, Leuthold teaches and publishes in both these areas. Articles have appeared in many scholarly journals including National Tax Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Public Finance Quarterly, Journal of Economic Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and Economica. She has received several instructional awards from the Urbana- Champaign campus for her work to integrate multimedia presentations into classroom teaching. Leuthold holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.A. from Michigan State University.