brings international expertise to economic development post
of Management Avi Shama has been appointed special advisor to
the president on economic development.
Professor of Management Avi Shama will receive the General
Library Faculty Acknowledgement Award during a reception
on Thursday Dec. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Zimmerman
Library Willard Reading Room. The public is invited to
is a new position that weve determined is essential to
the role played by UNM in the economic development of the state
of New Mexico. It brings focus to that effort. It is also one
that we anticipate will, by extension, better position UNM to
have a more concerted and positive impact on the economic development
of the state, said UNM President F. Chris Garcia.
Shama brings a wealth of experience to the position. He has
extensive expertise in economics, marketing and related fields
on international, national and local levels. During his tenure,
he has prepared economic development plans for several New Mexico
communities and has also prepared reports on issues specific
to New Mexicans. At the same time, he has written articles for
the Wall Street Journal and other prestigious publications on
international topics, such as the Russian economy. Were
very pleased he has accepted these new responsibilities,
who in 1999 was named Rutledge Professor of Management in the
UNM Anderson School of Management (ASM), will serve as
the focal point of the economic development activities of the
University, Garcia said.
Advisor is tasked to encourage, coordinate, and promote the
economic development activities of various UNM units, including
its schools, colleges, centers and branch campuses to leverage
the Universitys resources.
Advisor helps secure economic development funds from external
agencies and interacts with the Universitys internal and
external constituents on economic development matters.
Shama will represent the Presidents Office before city,
state, federal, economic, business and social agencies and evaluate
the Universitys role in the economic development of the
state, among other responsibilities.
am honored by this appointment and will do my best to further
the economic development efforts of the University of New Mexico,
Shama said. As a state university, we have a responsibility
to help our states economy grow. This means that we will
be more entrepreneurial and focused on activities that spur
economic growth. We must work in partnership with the private
and public sectors, as well as with city and state governments
to grow the economic pie of New Mexico and contribute to the
quality of life of fellow New Mexicans.
the UNM faculty in 1983. From 1993 to 1996, he served as ASM
foundation professor of management and, from 1997 to 1999, he
filled the professor of management and lectureship chair. He
also previously served as director of the schools Economic
Development Program and as coordinator of Marketing.
his bachelor's in economics and political science in 1966; his
master's in political science and MBA in 1970, all with honors
and all from Hebrew University.
his doctorate in business administration from the Kellogg Management
School, Northwestern University, in 1973.