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May 20, 2003


SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has appointed Gilbert L. Rutman, an economist and emeritus professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Rutman succeeds Steven H. Lesnik, former Chairman of the Board.

Rutman joined the faculty at SIU-Edwardsville in 1969, after holding teaching positions at West Virginia University, the University of Arizona, and Duke University. He also was a visiting fellow at Rhodes University in South Africa for a year in the mid-Sixties.

He chaired the Department of Economics at SIU-E from 1979 to 1986 when he became the director of the university's Center for Economic Education, a post he held until 1999. His teaching assignments included graduate courses in comparative economic systems, manpower economics, and labor economics.

Rutman has written extensively on labor market issues, property rights and land development in Africa, and a wide variety of economics subjects. Among his recent publications was a paper for Nursing and Health Policy Review in spring 2000 entitled, "Managing the Nurse Workforce: The Effects of Wages, Education, and Family Structure on the Willingness to Work as a Registered Nurse."

Rutman received his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics at Boston University and his Ph.D. in economics from Duke. He resides in Edwardsville.


Don Sevener



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