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The Future of American Education: An Economic Perspective


Richard Sims

Chief Economist, NEA

Richard Sims will discuss some of the underlying trends that will be driving the economy for the next few years.  Given the vital role of education in the economies of nations as well as regional and community economies, there will be a special focus on how the economy is affecting the funding for education and how education, in turn, affects the growth of the economy.



Richard Sims is Chief Economist of the National Education Association. Sims previously served as Policy Director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, Director of Applied Economic Research at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, Chief Economist & Director of Taxation & Economic Policy for the Arkansas Legislature, and Director of the Office of Economic Analysis for the Kentucky Legislature. In addition, he served two years as the Senior Advisor to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. Dr. Sims has authored over one hundred publications on taxation, economic growth and regional development, and applied public finance. He has served on the boards of several professional organizations, including the Executive Committee of the National Council of State Legislatures, as chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Assembly on State Legislatures, the International Fulbright Fellowship Program, and President of the Kentucky Economic Association. He has worked with scores of business, civic, and governmental organizations, and has conducted and presented policy studies in over forty states. Dr. Sims's teaching experience includes graduate courses in economics, public finance, public policy analysis, and organizational leadership at the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Georgia, and the University of Moldova.


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public