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Griffin, Vedlitz Honored for Service

January 16, 2009

Two faculty members were honored during the Bush School Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony on September 18 for their years of service to Texas A&M University.

GriffinProfessors James Griffin and Arnold Vedlitz were presented with 25-year and 35-year service pins, respectively. Griffin is director of the Bush School’s Economics Policy Program, and holds the Bob Bullock Chair in Public Policy and Finance. Vedlitz heads the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy and holds the Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy.

Both Griffin and Vedlitz have distinguished records of academic accomplishment and service. Griffin was the Cullen Professor of Economics at A&M before joining the Bush School faculty in 2001. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Pennsylvania, Griffin is a Humboldt Fellow, a member of Who’s Who in Economics, and serves on the editorial board of three economics journals. His research interests range from energy policy to the effects of technological change on various industries.

VedlitzIn addition to his Bush School position, Vedlitz is also an adjunct professor of political science at Texas A&M, adjunct professor of health policy at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, and division head for the Science, Technology and Public Policy Division at the Texas Transportation Institute. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Houston, Vedlitz has held several administrative positions at the University, including associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and associate provost for External Affairs. Widely known for his expertise in public policy, Vedlitz is principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or senior research scientist on some $15 million of research projects funded by federal and state agencies. His research focuses on science and technology policy, minority politics, and urban politics, among others.

“The Bush School is fortunate to have these two outstanding scholars on our faculty,” said Executive Associate Dean Sam Kirkpatrick. “Their dedication to their academic disciplines, their students, and their colleagues over many years has brought credit to them and to the University.”

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