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Larry Filer to Serve as Director of M.B.A. program, Starting in Fall

Larry Filer, associate professor of economics, has agreed to serve as graduate program director of the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Old Dominion University beginning in fall 2010.

He will succeed Bruce Rubin, who has served as director since 1994. "I am pleased Dr. Filer has agreed to serve as graduate program director of our M.B.A. program," Rubin said. "I am very confident he will continue to provide the vision and direction to help the M.B.A. program continue to grow both in enrollment and stature."

A member of the ODU faculty since 1999, Filer has taught economics in the M.B.A. program and serves as a research fellow for the ODU Economic Forecasting Project. A three-time recipient of the Most Inspiring Faculty Award at the university, he is regarded as an educator dedicated to the success of his students. Each year, he leads a team of ODU students in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's College Fed Challenge competition.

Filer's research focuses on personal bankruptcy, monetary policy and credit access, and his work has been published in Journal of Macroeconomics, Southern Economic Journal and Journal of Asian Economics, among others. He has also been cited in numerous media outlets, including The Virginian-Pilot, USA Today, CNBC, Forbes.com and Yahoo Finance.

He has demonstrated leadership in the Faculty Senate and was active representing the College of Business and Public Administration in the university review of General Education. Filer has served on several panels, including ODU's "Explaining the Economic Crisis Faculty Forum" and "Laws of Attraction: Turning Brain Drain into Brain Gain Forum," hosted by Norfolk's Downtown 100.

Filer received a master's degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Kentucky.

This article was posted on: May 12, 2010

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