Chris Barrett to direct Dyson School

Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett, the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, International Professor of Agriculture and a professor in the Department of Economics, has been named the new David J. Nolan Director of the Dyson School.

Barrett will take the helm of the nationally ranked Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Jan. 1, 2014. Ed McLaughlin, the Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing and director of the undergraduate program, will serve as associate director.

Barrett succeeds Loren Tauer, an expert in productivity and efficiency analysis and the Dyson School’s administrative leader since 2008, who will return to the faculty.

“Loren’s steady and considerate leadership have served the Dyson School well, and I am confident that Chris and Ed will work with Dyson School program leaders to assure that the research, extension/outreach, and undergraduate and graduate education programs continue to be widely regarded as the very best programs in the nation,” said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

“The Dyson School is an exceptional place, blessed with extraordinary students, staff, faculty and alumni,” said Barrett. “As we begin a new era in a renovated Warren Hall, it is an especially exciting time to work with my colleagues to further the distinctive and prestigious Cornell brand of graduate and undergraduate training in applied economics and management, as well as our high-impact research and extension/outreach programs.”

Barrett recently returned from Australia, where he spent six months on a Fulbright Senior Scholarship. He is a popular teacher of undergraduate classes in econometrics, poverty reduction policy, and contemporary controversies in the global economy, as well as a graduate instructor and supervisor. He has held several leadership roles at Cornell and in his field.

He is director of the Cornell Institute for International Food, Agriculture and Development’s initiative on Stimulating Agricultural and Rural Transformation, and was the founding associate director for economic development programs for the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

An elected fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the African Association of Agricultural Economists, Barrett formerly served as president of the Association of Christian Economists. He edits the Palgrave Macmillan book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is an associate editor or an editorial board member for eight other scholarly journals.

A member of the faculty since 1998, he has won several awards for teaching, research and public outreach, including a SUNY Chancellor’s Award and the CALS Outstanding Career Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy award.

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