Author: David Dodson


An economic forecaster with Wells Fargo and a South Carolina utilities executive will give invited lectures at the University of Georgia on Oct. 6 and 7.

Both lectures, which are sponsored by the MBA program in UGA's Terry College of Business, are free and open to the public.

Mark Vitner, a senior economist with Wells Fargo, is set to speak Oct. 6 in Grand Hall A of the Tate Student Center. The title of his lecture is "The Aftermath of the Great Recession: Back to Business as Usual or Are We Headed to a New Normal?" The hourlong talk begins at 2:15 p.m.

Vitner joined Wachovia, which is now owned by Wells Fargo, in 1993. Frequently quoted in the financial press, he is responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends for the bank and writes Wachovia's economic newsletter, Regional Economic Review.

He is a native of Atlanta and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the Terry College, an MBA from the University of North Florida and has completed further graduate work in economics at the University of Florida. He is a member of the Charlotte Economics Club, which he co-founded, and he sits on the USA Today forecasting panel.

The second lecture, on Oct. 7, will feature Kevin B. Marsh, the president and chief operating officer of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. His talk, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Miller Learning Center Rotunda, is titled "Business Ethics: The Essential Option."

Marsh joined SCE&G, the principal subsidiary of SCANA Corp., in 1984 as an accountant. He was named vice president and controller in 1989. In 1996, he was named vice president and CFO of SCANA and became senior vice president in 1998. Marsh was named president and COO of SCE&G in 2006.

An Atlanta native, Marsh earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Terry and began his career with Deloitte & Touche in Columbia, S.C., in 1977.