Scott Baier chosen as interim chair of Clemson University's John E. Walker Department of Economics


Scott Baier  

Scott Baier, a member of the economics faculty at Clemson University as well as director of the school's BB&T Center of Education and Policy Studies, has been tapped to take over for Raymond "Skip" Sauer as interim chair of Clemson's John E. Walker Department of Economics.

Baier will begin his tenure in this capacity on July 1.

Sauer directed the department for 12 years. He will now serve at Clemson as a full-time professor and researcher.

"I am pleased and honored that Scott has accepted my invitation and challenge to become the interim chair of our economics department,” Bobby McCormick, business school dean, said. “He brings a proven record as a teacher, researcher and high-level adviser in the federal government. We are fortunate to have him leading the department.”

Baier holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Bowling Green State University; he went on to earn his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His resume includes time as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Georgia and as a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers. He has been a consultant for the Congressional Budget Office and the United States International Trade Commission.

“I see my primary role as that of an information aggregator, to understand the vision of our well-recognized economics faculty and meld that with the vision the new business school," Bauer said. "The changes taking place present opportunities for the faculty to leverage our strengths in the classroom and the on the frontiers of research.”

Baier has served in Clemson's economics department for 15 years. He came to Clemson from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the finance and economics department.

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