Willamette University Announces $1.5 Million Endowed Chair

James HansonJames Hanson, a professor of economics at Willamette University since 1976, has been named the Peter C. and Bonnie S. Kremer Endowed Chair in Economics.

The newest endowed chair is funded by a $1.5 million gift from Peter and Bonnie Kremer of Sun Valley, Idaho. Peter Kremer, Willamette Class of 1962, majored in economics. Bonnie Kremer, also Willamette Class of 1962, majored in English.

"These chairs are occupied by the University's most distinguished and honored professors and they represent the outstanding faculty scholarship that makes this University the first among equals," said M. Lee Pelton, Willamette University president.

He added, "Endowed chairs are evidence of our capacity to attract and retain gifted faculty--faculty who distinguish themselves as researchers, authors, teachers and role models. Without exception, those individuals who are selected to hold an endowed chair represent the very best that is Willamette. We are grateful to Peter and Bonnie Kremer for this outstanding contribution."

The endowment will provide Hanson with resources to bring guest lecturers to campus, for conference travel, research assistance and other programmatic enhancements. The University now has 14 endowed chairs--nine in the College of Liberal Arts, three in the Atkinson Graduate School of Management and two in the College of law.

Hanson holds an undergraduate degree from Yale and a master's degree and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He has published broadly on the topic of international economics and has a distinguished record of University service.

He is a board member of the Oregon International Council and the Oregon Academy of Science. He also serves as the Willamette liaison to the World Affairs Council in Portland. OR.

Hanson reviews textbook manuscripts for Dryden Press; Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich; Little, Brown; Oxford University Press; Princeton University Press; Rand McNally; Scott, Foresman; and for St. Martin's Press.