PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s College of Business and Economics has announced Robert Rosenman as the new chair of its economics department.

Rosenman, a faculty member in economics, succeeds professor Duane Leigh who has returned to teaching and research after nine years as department chair.

Rosenman researches all areas of health economics, recently concentrating on production efficiency and the relationship between costs, structure and quality. He worked on a project analyzing the cost effectiveness of the use of artificial hearts and studies physician practice management. His recent publications have appeared in such journals as Health Economics and Health Care Management Science. In the classroom, Rosenman has taught principles of economics, applied microeconomics and econometrics.

In 2003, he received two Fulbright Senior Specialist grant appointments. He spent two weeks in Poland in March, assessing and developing an “Economics of the Firm” curriculum at Warsaw University’s Department of Economics. This summer, he will travel to Thailand’s Khon Kaen University to help with a new master’s program in applied economics.

He has directed the economics graduate program and served as a reviewer for a variety of economics and business journals, and for the grant program of the National Science Foundation. He served as president of the Pullman Memorial Hospital Board from 1993-95 and was a commissioner on its board from 1992-99.

Rosenman joined WSU in 1983 after earning a doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota. He received a master’s degree in economics and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was one of 14 to receive a Dean’s Excellence Fellow award – new to the WSU College of Business and Economics this year. He was listed in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering,” (2003) and “Who’s Who in America,” (2002 and 2003). In 2002, he was inducted into the Hall of Honor at his alma mater, John P. Stevens High School in Edison, N.J.

Rosenman’s complete vita is available online at www.cbe.wsu.edu/~rosenman.