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Wible Named Interim WSBE Dean

By Lori Wright, Media Relations
January 10, 2007

James Wible
James Wible

James Wible, professor of economics, has been named interim dean for the Whittemore School of Business and Economics. The appointment, announced by Provost Bruce Mallory, was effective Jan. 2.

“I am looking forward to serving in this interim role in helping the Whittemore School move toward a new dean and a new phase of its history. I am especially grateful for the support my colleagues have expressed to me,” Wible said.

Wible previously served as associate dean of WSBE faculty for three and a half years. In this capacity, he was responsible for facilitating faculty research opportunities, faculty evaluation, post-tenure review, policies and procedures, the WSBE Research Seminar, and the Undergraduate Program Office.

“As I solicited recommendations from the faculty for this appointment, several faculty were suggested as having strong qualifications for the position. Professor Wible received widespread support from a large number of faculty and staff. His experience as associate dean for three years, department chair, and director of graduate studies in the Department of Economics makes Jim well qualified to provide interim leadership until the next dean is in place,” Mallory said.

Wible has been at UNH for 23 years. His research publications include more than 25 articles and the 1998 book, "The Economics of Science -- Methodology and Epistemology As If Economics Really Mattered." He is currently working on a new book about the mathematical economics and philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce, one of the giants of the American pragmatist movement. In 2005, Wible’s 1984 article, “Towards a Process Conception of Rationality in Economics and Science,” was honored as one of the two test best articles in the “Review of Social Economy” for the 1980s.

Wible was honored as a UNH Faculty Scholar in 1993. He was a visiting scholar at Duke University, Durham, N.C., in 1998. He has also held the Carter Professorship at the Whittemore School. He has chaired the national committee selecting the best dissertation in the history of economics for the History of Economics Society. Two of his undergraduate students have been honored with WSBE’s Beckett Prize for the best piece of undergraduate writing for an academic year.

Mallory said the university is making good progress in its Whittemore School dean search and is confident that a new dean will be appointed around July 1, 2007. “Please join me in thanking Jim for accepting this assignment. I will be grateful to you for your support of Jim over the next six months,” Mallory said.

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