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Andrew Samwick to lead Dartmouth's Rockefeller Center

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/12/04 • Contact James Donnelly (603) 646-3661

Andrew A. Samwick, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth, has been appointed director of Dartmouth's Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, effective July 1. Samwick has taught at Dartmouth since 1994 and is currently on leave in Washington, D.C. serving as the chief economist on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Andrew Samwick
Andrew Samwick

Founded in 1983 and now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Rockefeller Center is an academic resource on public policy and public affairs issues dedicated to encouraging civic responsibility. It initiates and supports faculty research and teaching programs, academic conferences, undergraduate research and internships, public programs of visiting scholars and other distinguished speakers, and publications. Nelson Rockefeller, who served as Governor of New York and as Vice President of the United States during the Ford administration, was a 1930 graduate of Dartmouth.

Michael Gazzaniga, Dean of the Faculty, said, "Dartmouth is fortunate to have someone with Andrew's experience and vision take over the direction of the Rockefeller Center. His energy will insure the Center will remain on the successful path [current director] Linda Fowler has established. I look forward to working with Andrew in the years ahead."

Todd Heatherton, Champion International Professor of Psychological and Brain Science, who chaired the search committee, said, "We were impressed not only with Andrew's stellar scholarship and intellectual leadership, but also with his articulate and thoughtful vision for the Rockefeller Center. We expect that he will not only maintain the strong programs that are currently ongoing but will work with students and staff to develop exciting new opportunities."

Michael Jackson, Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center, said, "The Board is pleased to have someone of Andrew's stature who is familiar with and dedicated to the traditions of the College and the Center. We look forward to his new ideas and his continuation of supporting faculty scholarship and developing students' understanding of public policy and civic leadership."

Samwick earned his doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. In 2000, he was the recipient of Dartmouth's Karen E. Wetterhahn Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the co-organizer of its Social Security Working Group. He has held several fellowships from Dartmouth, including the C. Troy Shaver 1969 Fellowship, the Elizabeth R. and Robert A. Jeffe Fellowship, and a Dartmouth Faculty Fellowship, and has been an Aging and Health Care Economics Fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Samwick is a specialist in Social Security reform and is the author of many scholarly articles and reviews in fields ranging across the spectrum of economics. His work has appeared in The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Journal of Finance, and other journals. His commentary with Dartmouth Professor of Economics and Medicine Jonathan Skinner on 401(k) plans appeared in USA Today.

Samwick has held external research grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute on Aging, the American Compensation Association, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has served as the co-editor of Economics Letters and on the editorial board of other journals. He has been a consultant for the Canadian government, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the World Bank. On two occasions Samwick has offered Congressional testimony on Social Security and retirement issues.

Samwick received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in economics from Harvard, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, in 1989. He is a member of the American Economics Association, the American Finance Association, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Western Finance Association.

The website of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center is: www.dartmouth.edu/~rocky/

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