Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A National Association of
Regional Economic Research Centers

Leadership

AUBER Officers

President

Kathy Deck

University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Commerce

Kathy Deck is the Director of Community and Economic Research Partnerships for the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the Culverhouse College, Deck served for 10 years as the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.  View full bio here.

President Elect

Sean Snaith

University of Central Florida, Institute for Economic Competitveness

Sean Snaith, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness and a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting. Snaith is the recipient of multiple awards for the accuracy of his forecasts, his research and his teaching.  View full bio here.

Vice 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 as 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.  View full bio here.

Secretary-Treasurer

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.   View full bio here.

Past President

Bruce Kellison

University of Texas - Austin, Bureau of Business Research

Bruce Kellison has been responsible for strategic planning and research for the Bureau of Business Research since 1998. 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. He is former editor of Texas Business Review. View full bio here.

AUBER Directors

Benjamin Blair

Columbus State University, Butler Center for Business and Economic Research

Ben Blair serves as Director of the Butler Center for Business and Economic Research at the Turner College of Business. He joined the college after a career in teaching and research at Mississippi State University. He has been successful in teaching and conducting academic as well as contract research.  He also holds the Sarah T. Butler chair. View full bio here.

Brian Lewandowski

Business Research Division, University of Colorado

Brian Lewandowski is the Associate Director at Colorado’s Business Research Division. His research focuses on the regional economy, specifically Colorado. During his time at Leeds, his research endeavors have examined employment, industry composition, economic resiliency, mining, housing, and others. A Leeds MBA (’07), Brian worked in the Peace Corps and in private industry before joining Leeds.  View full bio here.

Ken Louie

Penn State - Erie, Economic Research Institute of Erie

Ken Louie is the Director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie and holds a Ph.D. from University of Illinois (1987). Research and teaching interests include international trade and finance, labor economics, and economic development. He has received the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Award for Excellence in Teaching and was a Fulbright Lecturer in the People’s Republic of China in 1998. Dr. Louie has consulting experience with GTE.  View full bio here.

Ben McKay

Georgia Southern University, Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research

Benjamin McKay is the Assistant Director of Research at the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research and has led numerous research projects throughout Georgia. These projects include economic impact analysis, market research, survey research, data analysis, strategic planning, and community needs assessments.  View full bio here.

Jeffrey Michael

University of the Pacific, Business Forecasting Center

Jeffrey Michael is Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. His areas of expertise include regional economic forecasting and environmental economics. His research has received numerous grants and has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Energy Policy, and Ecological Economics.   View full bio here.

Carol Rogers

Indiana University, Indiana Business Research Center

As deputy director and CIO of the Indiana Business Research Center, Carol Rogers directs its information systems and services, overseeing the development of websites, publications, training, research projects and other services. She sits on the boards of the national Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Indiana Geographic Information Council, and serves as the Governor’s Census Liaison. View full bio here.

Timothy Slaper

Indiana University, Indiana Business Research Center

Timothy Slaper is the Director of Economic Analysis at the Indiana Business Research Center. He leads a research team engaged in industry and workforce analysis, economic impact studies, regional economic analyses, demographic estimates and projections, trade and foreign investment analysis, measuring innovation, measuring educational performance and researching economic growth.View full bio here.

Eric Thompson

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jeffrey Michael is Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. His areas of expertise include regional economic forecasting and environmental economics. His research has received numerous grants and has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Energy Policy, and Ecological Economics.   View full bio here.