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Friday, July 1, 2016

Mark Zupan begins tenure as Alfred University’s 14th president

(ALFRED, NY) July 1, 2016 – Twenty weeks ago at a campus-wide meeting on the Alfred University campus, Mark Zupan, former dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School and most recently the director of the Bradley Policy Center, as well as the Olin Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Simon, was announced as the Board of Trustees’ choice to succeed Charles M. Edmondson as the president of the University.
            Today, July 1, Zupan begins his first day as Alfred University’s 14th president, a remarkable number for an institution founded as select school in 1836 and chartered as a university in 1851.
            During the intervening 140 days, Zupan has traveled far and wide, from Boston to Boulder, CO, to meet with AU alumni; he’s spent hours on the telephone, talking with trustees, alumni and prospective students; he’s had breakfast with emeriti faculty, and met with groups of students, faculty and staff.
            And he’s learned – a lot – about the place he will lead.
            “The more of you I have met over the past several months, the more I have been struck by the consistency with which our University transforms students’ lives and thereby betters society,” Zupan said in a memo today  to the Alfred University community.
            “More than at any other educational institution I have been a part of to date, I have heard from alums and students about how an Alfred faculty or staff member took a personal interest in their development and thereby gave them the confidence to succeed,” he said. “This is a point of distinction of which we can be immensely proud, especially at a time when there are growing questions about the value of higher education.”
Prior to Simon, Zupan was dean and professor of economics at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management for seven years. Before that, he was on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, attaining tenure there while also serving as associate dean for master’s degree programs. He was a visiting professor in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the fall of 1995.
As a member of the USC faculty, Zupan won several awards, including the university-wide Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and a Golden Apple award for MBA teaching excellence. Over the years, he has served on the editorial boards of such academic journals as Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, and the Journal of Business Economics.
While earning his Ph.D. degree in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Zupan taught in the economics department at Harvard University, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1981, twice receiving the Allyn Young Teaching Prize from the economics department, and also earning the university-wide Joseph B. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize.
His fields of specialization include industrial organization, regulation, and political economy. He has published over twenty refereed articles in leading scholarly journals. His commentaries have appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Arizona Republic, BusinessWeek.com, Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Financial Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Zupan is the co-author of two books, “Microeconomic Theory and Applications,” published by John Wiley and Sons and “Microeconomic Cases and Applications,” published by HarperCollins. Later this year, the Cambridge University Press will publish his latest book titled “Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest.”