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January 29, 2007

CCNY APPOINTS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE EXPERT JOSEPH BERECHMAN TO CHAIR ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT

NEW YORK, January 29, 2007 – Joseph Berechman, a prominent transportation and infrastructure economist, who has been a visiting scholar with the CUNY University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) for 15 years, has joined the CCNY faculty as Chair of the Economics Department, Brett Silverstein, Dean of Social Sciences, announced today. 

“We are extremely fortunate that at a time when we were seeking new leadership someone of Professor Berechman’s stature was there to step in,” Dean Silverstein said.  “He is not only a noted scholar, but someone who knows our school and can help us develop new business offerings by virtue of having an M.B.A. as well as a Ph.D.”

Professor Berechman, who starts January 29, most recently was CN Chair Professor in Transportation and International Logistics at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.  He had been Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Tel Aviv University from 1976 to 2004 and was Chairman of the Department of Public Policy. 

He has also held visiting professorships and fellowships at institutions in Israel, the United States, the Netherlands and Spain.  He was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies.  Earlier in his career, he was an Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo and an Instructor in City and Regional Planning at The University of Pennsylvania.

“Dean Silverstein, Provost (Zeev) Dagan and President (Gregory H.) Williams want to see CCNY’s economics department become an academic leader,” Professor Berechman added.  “We have an opportunity to create a department that will excel academically and capitalize on New York City’s position as North America’s leading financial center.”

Professor Berechman is the author or co-author of four books, has written chapters for 12 additional books and has had articles published in numerous academic journals.  He has presented papers at 53 scientific meetings on four continents, published many research and technical reports, and he holds membership in the American Economic Association, International Regional Science Association, European Network on Transportation, Communication and Mobility Research, and Transportation Research Board.

In addition to his teaching and research, he has consulted for government agencies, non-governmental organizations and professional services firms in the United States, Europe and Israel.  His past clients include: The European Union, the OECD, The Ford Foundation, Frederick R. Harris Inc., The Israeli Ministry of Transport and The Netherlands Ministry of Transport.

Professor Berechman holds a Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a B.A. from Hebrew University.  He succeeds Professor Malcolm Galatin as chair.

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