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Warren Jones, WIU Economics Dept. Chair, to Retire June 24

June 17, 2010

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's Department of Economics Chairperson Warren Jones will retire from the University next week after 27 years of service to WIU. A public reception to celebrate Jones' retirement is slated from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, June 24 in Stipes Hall 501. Remarks are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Jones, who also serves as an associate professor for the economics department, began his faculty career at Western in 1983 as an assistant professor. In 1990, he was named chairperson.

Since he began at WIU, Jones has taught various courses in the economics department, including American economic history; current economic issues; public finance; money, credit and banking; micro- and macro-economic theory; and managerial economics. In addition to his instruction and scholarship activities, Jones has served in various service roles at the University, including the economics department's graduate adviser (2002-2008); department internship coordinator (1990-2010); and program coordinator for the Quad Cities Economic Outlook Breakfast 2008, which was sponsored by Western's College of Business and Technology (CBT) and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Jones also has served as the chairperson of the University Council of Chairs since 1990 and is an active member of Rotary International.

"Warren has been an outstanding faculty member and an important leader in the College throughout these last 27 years," said CBT Dean Tom Erekson. "This was evidenced recently when an external review team noted the integral nature of his leadership to the economics department. He will be missed in the College, and we wish him the best in his retirement."

Jones received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Iowa in 1982. After that, he briefly taught at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks before coming to WIU in 1983. He has published in the American Economic Review and presented papers at numerous economic conferences and events, including at the Midwest Economic Association; Illinois Economic Association; the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA); and the International Conference on Fiscal Austerity.

For more information, contact Schuyler Meixner, director of CBT's communications and external relations, at (309) 298-2442 or

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