Robert C. Dauffenbach – “OKC’s Economic Advance to the Future”

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Link to Dr. Dauffenbach’s Powerpoint Presentation

Robert C. Dauffenbach recently served as Senior Associate Dean for Economic Development, Professor of Business Administration, and Director, Center for Economic and Management Research, Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at Wichita State University, 1969.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973.  He served as Assistant Professor of Economics, Wayne State University, 1973 – 1975.  He returned to the University of Illinois as a research economist at the Center for Advanced Computation.  He joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 1977 and served as Director, Office of Business and Economic Research, 1985-1990, attaining the rank of full professor.  He assumed duties as Professor of Business Administration and Economics, and Director, Center for Economic and Management Research, University of Oklahoma, in the fall of 1990.  He served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, 2002-2013.  In 2014, he was named McCasland Foundation Professor of American Free Enterprise and Senior Associate Dean for Economic Development and Impact, through 2022.  In October 2015 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.  Upon retirement in July 2022, he was named Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Dauffenbach’s principal training is in human resource economics and econometric methods.  He has received extensive funding for his research on scientific and technical personnel from the National Science Foundation.  He has served on various study panels of the National Academy of Sciences that investigated science and engineering personnel research and data needs for the 1990’s.  He has served on the Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists Personnel study panel as well as on a National Academy of Engineering panel investigating adaptability and mobility of engineers.  He is author or co-author of articles appearing in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Economic Development, Journal of Labor Research and International Journal of Manpower.  He is co-author of The Engineering Degree Conferral Process:  Analysis, Monitoring, and Projections and Projections of Supply of Scientists and Engineers to Meet Defense and Non-Defense Requirements, reports to the National Science Foundation.  Recent research emphasis has been on differentials in labor market outcomes by educational attainment.

He is a member of the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, the National Association of Business Economists, and the Association for University Business and Economic Research.


Chair of the Day

Dr. Kenneth R. Evans began his term as the 19th president of Oklahoma City University on July 1, 2021.

Evans came to OCU after serving as president of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, for eight years. Prior to his presidency at Lamar University, he was dean of the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma for six years. Before that, Evans served in a variety of administrative roles at the University of Missouri-Columbia and as a marketing professor at Arizona State University.

Evans received his doctorate from the University of Colorado, his MBA from California State University-Sacramento, and his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Davis. His research has been published in marketing and business academic journals and he has received national and international recognition for his contributions. Evans has been recognized for his work in the design and implementation of interactive learning experiences and graduate education. He has spoken at conferences and universities around the world including in China, Taiwan, Finland, and Romania.

Before his academic career, Evans worked in the transportation industry in various marketing and sales capacities and has been involved in sales and sales management consulting in the banking industry, convention sales, and financial services. He earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Marketing Association Sales Interest Group.

At Lamar, Evans emphasized initiatives to strengthen the university’s research endeavors, focus on performing and creative arts, increasing enrollment, and fostering a culture of celebrating diversity and inclusion. He also led a major collaborative effort to increase the effectiveness of technology in the curriculum — both on campus and in primary schools in the surrounding community — utilizing partnerships with companies including Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

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