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Christopher M. Cornwell has been named head of the Economics Department at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

Cornwell, who began his career at the Terry College in 1988, succeeds William D. Lastrapes, who is stepping down after six years as department head to return to the faculty full-time. Cornwell's appointment is effective July 1.

"Dr. Cornwell's quality of scholarship, instruction and professional service will assure us that the Economics Department continues to have excellent leadership," said Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College of Business. "We are fortunate to have him replace a very good department head in Dr. Lastrapes."

"I'm honored to have been given the opportunity, and I think I can speak for the entire department in saying how grateful we are for Bill's outstanding leadership over the past six years," Cornwell said. "I look forward to succeeding him and hopefully leading the department to the same high standards that he led it."

As a professor of economics, Cornwell's research interests have included applied econometrics, labor economics and the economics of education. He also is a senior fellow in UGA's Institute of Higher Education. He has been a visiting professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, as well as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Cornwell regularly teaches in the UGA Honors Program and Terry's PhD program and serves as a Senior Faculty Fellow in the university's Foundation Fellows Program. He teaches courses in Econometrics, Labor Economics, Human Resource Economics and Micro Principles. In 2002, he was the recipient of the department's Swift Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. He also won the student government's Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000 and was selected as a Lothar Tresp Honors Professor in 1999.

Cornwell's portfolio of research earned him inclusion in the fourth edition of Who's Who in Economics as one of the 1,200 most frequently cited economists from 1990-2000 using the Social Science Citation Index. His papers have been published in Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics and Journal of Human Resources. His recent work, in collaboration with departmental colleague David Mustard, examines the economic effects of Georgia's H.O.P.E. Scholarship and received funding from the National Science Foundation.

He is an associate editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and a member of the Econometric Society, American Economic Association, Society of Labor Economists, Population Association of America and American Education Finance Association.

Since 2004, Cornwell has been the director of the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program in Terry's Institute for Leadership Advancement. He will step away from that role to become department head.

Cornwell received his PhD in economics from Michigan State University in 1985 and his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981.