Wible Named Interim WSBE Dean
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
January 10, 2007
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
“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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