Alfred University will inaugurate Mark Zupan as its 14th president in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Galanis Family Arena at the McLane Center.
The ceremony is open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community. A reception will be held in the adjoining Joyce-Walton Health and Wellness Center immediately following the ceremony.
Zupan was selected by the Presidential Search Committee and campus community and appointed by the Alfred University Board of Trustees in February 2016 He officially began his tenure on July 1.
“I was excited to be chosen to lead this 180-year-old institution, and now, after nearly eight months of getting acquainted with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community , I am even more honored and thrilled with my new role,” said Zupan.
“I have learned so much about the truly remarkable people who are part of this wonderful university, from Don McPherson, a ceramic engineer who has developed lenses that correct color-blindness, to Julio Fuentes, a remarkable young man who has not let a serious football injury deter him from achieving his goals,” said Zupan. “I have met world-renowned artists, business leaders, engineers who are doing cutting-edge work, educators, writers, social workers, lawyers, psychologists, policymakers, and environmental scientists, all of whom are making a difference because of their Alfred University education.”
The new president has laid out ambitious goals for increasing both undergraduate and graduate enrollment; initiating a branding and marketing campaign; enhancing alumni engagement and fund-raising; and improving facilities.
Zupan came to AU after serving as the dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School from 2004-2014 and director of the Bradley Policy Center, as well as the Olin Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Simon.
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. In early 2017, the Cambridge University Press will publish his latest book titled “Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest.”