Huntsman Post

World-class professor appointed as a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor

A respected, internationally known professor who has held faculty positions at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT and Princeton has agreed to come teach at Utah State University.

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has announced that Eytan Sheshinski will become a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor. Dr. Sheshinski is now the Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

In 2009, Utah philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman announced he would fund two presidential chairs at USU’s business college that bears his name. Author Stephen R. Covey became the first Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership in February of 2010. Dean Douglas D. Anderson said that Dr. Sheshinski, as a visiting professor, will teach classes and give lectures on the USU campus for three weeks in February.

Dr. Sheshinski will teach a course to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students on annuity theory and annuity markets. He is widely viewed as a leading authority on issues such as the privatization of social security and other industries, Anderson said.

The visiting professor will also lecture at two Dean’s Convocations, which are free and open to the public. He will speak on “Social Security Reforms Around the World” on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center. On Feb. 16 from 1:30 - 3 p.m., he will speak on “Lessons from Privatization of State-Owned Enterprises” in the Orson A. Christensen Auditorium, Room 215, in the George S. Eccles Business Building.

Dr. Sheshinski, who lives in Jerusalem, is well known in the business community in Israel. From 1990-1995 he was the chair of the board of directors for Israel’s largest conglomerate, Koor Industries. The firm is a prominent holding company in Israel that focuses on large-scale investments in international companies.

He has a long and consistent track record of publishing world-recognized scholarly research in leading economics journals, Dean Anderson said.

“We are delighted that Professor Dr. Sheshinski has accepted our invitation to teach our students and work with our faculty,” Dean Anderson said. “He is a world-class professor of economics and finance with a vast amount of experience consulting for governments and businesses throughout the world. His research is cutting-edge and his expertise is sought out by the best business schools in the country.”

Dr. Sheshinski has consulted with organizations in Malaysia, Bolivia and Romania about privatization of industry and social security systems. He also serves as the Director of the Workshop on Privatization and Regulatory reform at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is a member of the board of directors for the Discount Bank of Israel and the Psagot-Ofek Investment House.

Dr. Sheshinski is not expected to become a permanent member of the Huntsman School of Business faculty. Drafting academics as visiting professors is a practice employed by universities that want to bring in top professors from diverse backgrounds on a temporary basis, according to Tyler Bowles, department head of Economics and Finance.

“Our students and faculty will benefit from the unique experience and outstanding research that Dr. Sheshinski brings to the table,” Bowles said. “We are grateful that educators like Dr. Sheshinski are willing to invest in our students and the transformation underway at the Huntsman School of Business.”