Department of Economics


David Kinley, founder of the department

Last year at this time we reported in InSight that the Department of Economics was about to kick off a year-long commemoration of its centennial. After a year of planning, the department is putting the final touches on a gala celebration. Economics alumni have been invited to return to campus on September 29 and 30 to mingle with faculty, college administrators, and each other, and to join in festivities. Planned activities include a cocktail party and a day of presentations and panel discussions on the topic "Economics at the Advent of the 21st century." Festivities will conclude with a banquet.

Invited speakers, all alumni of the department are:

  • LARRY SAMUELSON, University of Wisconsin; FRANCISO CRIBARI NETO, Southern Illinois University; EUGENE WHITE, Rutgers University; GERALD JAYNES, Yale University -- all to participate in a panel on Economics and Public Policy.

  • SUDHARSHAN GOOPTU, World Bank; JOHN H. WELCH, Lehman; NINA W. CORNELL, expert witness on local access and telecommunications; UGO FASANO-FILHO, International Monetary Fund-- to participate in a panel on Economics & Public Policy.

  • PAUL BOLTZ, T. Rowe Price and GEORGE CARLSON, Aruthur Andersen -- to participate in panel on Economics & Business.

  • JON CORZINE, chairman of Goldman Sachs, will be the keynote speaker at the banquet on Saturday night. Chancellor of the Urbana campus, MICHAEL AIKEN, will also be featured speaker.

    Contact the department for additional information about the centennial celebration and the commemorative volume that will appear after the conference and celebration.

    In other news, the search for a permanent department head continues. Jane Leuthold, interim head for the past year, has decided to return to teaching and research after her year of exemplary service. Case M. Sprenkle has agreed to serve in her stead until a permanent appointment is made.

    Case M. Sprenkle joined the economics faculty at Illinois in 1960. He has been director of the University of Illinois/Warsaw University MBA Program since its inception in 1991 and served as chair of the economics department from 1975-80. Sprenkle, who holds a master's and doctorate from Yale University and a bachelor's from the University of Colorado, is a specialist in policy and monetary economics as well as macroeconomics theory. He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics four times, most recently in 1988.

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