Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers

Leadership

AUBER Officers

President

John Deskins

West Virginia University
Bureau of Business and Economic Research

John Deskins serves as Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, and Associate Professor of Economics in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He leads the Bureau’s efforts to provide rigorous economic analysis and macroeconomic forecasting to leaders across the state. Full bio.

President-Elect

Juliette Tennert

University of Utah
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Juliette Tennert is the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, specializing in Utah’s economy, economic forecasting and modeling, fiscal policy analysis, and economic impact studies. Tennert holds a master’s degree in economics from UNLV and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. She has been honored as one of Utah Business Magazine’s annual “30 Women to Watch.”

Vice President

Brian Lewandowski

University of Colorado Boulder
Leeds School of Business, Business Research Division

Brian Lewandowski is Associate Director of the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. Brian provides regional business and economic information and education, including economic and revenue forecasts, policy studies, economic impact analyses, and data workshops. Brian has 13 years’ experience conducting economic studies at CU Boulder. Prior to CU, he worked in both the private sector and government. He is currently the President of the Denver Association of Business Economists.

Hicks

Secretary-Treasurer

Michael J. Hicks

Ball State University
Center for Business and Economic Research

Michael J. Hicks, PhD, is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. He previously served on the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management and at research centers at Marshall University and the University of Tennessee. Full bio.

Past President

Patrick Barkey

University of Montana
Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Patrick Barkey has served as Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research since 2008. He has been involved with economic forecasting and policy research for more than 30 years in both the private and public sectors. Before coming to Montana, he served as Director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University in Indiana for 14 years. Full bio.

AUBER Directors

Rajeev Dhawan

Georgia State University
Economic Forecasting Center

Dr. Rajeev Dhawan wears a dual hat as the Zwerner Chair of Economic Forecasting and as Director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. As director of one of the country’s premiere forecasting centers, Dhawan develops forecasts for the U.S., Southeast regional and local metro Atlanta economies. These forecasts are regularly published and presented to business executives and the media at the Center’s popular, well-respected quarterly forecasting conferences. Full bio.

Vanessa Fry

Boise State University
Idaho Policy Institute

Dr. Vanessa Crossgrove Fry is Interim Director at the Idaho Policy Institute (IPI) where she leads students, staff, and faculty in providing innovative and objective research to help public, private, and nonprofit leaders overcome challenges and navigate change. She serves as Associate Research Professor in the School of Public Service where she teaches the MPA Capstone and co-teaches the Vertically Integrated Project Housing Opportunities for All. Dr. Fry is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco where she received her MBA in Sustainable Management. Vanessa also holds a BA in Biology and Fine Art from Wittenberg University in Ohio and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State. Full bio.

Robert Godby

University of Wyoming
Center for Energy Regulation and Policy

Rob Godby is currently Acting Associate Dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Deputy Director of the Center for Energy Regulation and Policy, and associate professor in the Economics Department at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct faculty member with the MBA program at Pforzheim University in Germany. Outside of his academic duties, he was appointed in 2019 to serve on the State of Wyoming’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group.

Jennifer Green

Jacksonville State University
Center of Economic Development and Business Research

Jennifer Green is Director of the Center of Economic Development and Business Research where she has worked for 10 years. She is responsible for leading the center’s community and economic development activities and outreach to 11 counties in Jacksonville State University’s regional footprint. She is also responsible for cultivating grants and contracts to fund economic development research opportunities.

Bruce Kellison

University of Texas - Austin
Bureau of Business Research

Bruce Kellison is Director of the Bureau of Business Research, an applied economic research unit of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. He is former editor of Texas Business Review, a bi-monthly journal that disseminated business research to a wide readership of policymakers and business leaders. Under his leadership, the Bureau has won a number of research grants and contracts from a variety of sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the State of Texas.

James McCafferty

Western Washington University
Center for Economic and Business Research

James McCafferty serves as Co-Director for Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research. He seeks to broaden the connections between the University, the College of Business and Economics, and the community through student internships, classroom-based projects, and consultative projects. James has an MBA from Western Washington University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism/Public Relations from University of Oregon.

Valorie Rice

University of Arizona
Economic and Business Research Center

Valorie Rice is the Business Information Specialist for the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. She is involved with many of the department’s research projects including the Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard. Valorie’s forte is demographic and economic data for Arizona, particularly Census Bureau information, and writes articles on demographic issues for the Center’s publications.

Eric Thompson

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Bureau of Business Research

Dr. Eric C. Thompson is the Karl H. Nelson Associate Professor of Economics and the director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Thompson’s research examines the sources and consequences of state and local economic growth and the economics of infrastructure. Through his work at the Bureau, Thompson provides economists with practical opportunities to conduct applied economic research and trains economics and business students to conduct applied research on timely economic and business topics.

Treyz

Fred Treyz

Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI)

Frederick R. Treyz is CEO of Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI). Treyz holds a Ph.D. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Princeton University. He has more than 15 years of experience in applied urban and regional economics, including work in transportation, productivity, tax analysis, and economic impact analysis. Full bio.