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A bit about Dr. Koch:

James V. Koch is Board of Visitors Professor of Economics Emeritus and President Emeritus at Old Dominion University. He has held positions at Illinois State University, California State University at Los Angeles, the University of Grenoble (France), Brown University, Rhode Island College, Ball State University, the University of Hawaii, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the University of Montana. He served as President of the University of Montana (1986-1990) and Old Dominion University (1990-2001) and was named one of the 100 most effective college presidents in the United States.



Among his most notable books are Presidential Leadership: Making a Difference; Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality; The Caterpillar Way (whose sales placed it in the New York Times Top Ten list in Business); The Impoverishment of the American College Student; and Runaway College Costs: How College Governing Boards Fail to Protect Their Students.  His most recent book (2023) is Vital and Valuable: The Relevance of HBCUs to American Life and Education.  He has published more than 100 refereed journal articles and his work has appeared in the American Economic Review, Decision Sciences, Southern Economic Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Law and Contemporary Problems, Economic Inquiry, Public Choice, Educational Record, Social Science Quarterly, Indiana Law Review, Journal of Management Studies, Contemporary Economic Policy, Business Economics, Applied Economics, the Journal of Economic Development, and the Journal of Economics and Finance.

For eighteen years, Dr. Koch produced the widely cited State of the Region Report for Hampton Roads.  Beginning in 2015, he added a State of the Commonwealth Report that focuses on Virginia economic issues.  He has also served as a consultant for more than 100 legal firms, corporations, and universities, ranging from 65,000 student University of Central Florida to 600 student Stephens College.  He has given depositions or served as an expert witness in more than 100 trials and proceedings.  His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. 

Dr. Koch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.  He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by universities in Korea, Japan, and the United States.

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