Interim Dean for the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, Nicolas (Nick) Williams, has selected Olivier Parent to oversee the college’s prestigious doctoral program, effective July 1, 2018.
Parent, an associate professor in the department of economics, is stepping into the PhD Director’s position vacated by Suzanne Masterson, who is now serving in a broader role as interim associate dean of graduate programs at Lindner while Williams fills in as interim dean. A national search to replace former Dean David Szymanski will begin in the Fall of 2018.
Williams says he is confident that Parent will be an exceptional advocate for the PhD program, both inside and outside of the college. “Olivier has a demonstrated passion for research and for helping students develop their research skills,” Williams says. “He has been deeply connected with the training of economics PhD students and has served on PhD committees in Lindner’s Economics Department as well as DAAP’s Urban and Regional Planning.”
“I am honored to be given this tremendous opportunity to serve as director of Lindner’s doctoral program,” Parent says. “I look forward to working closely with all of our doctoral candidates over the coming year.”
Parent earned his PhD in 2005 at the University of Saint-Etienne, France. He joined the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and has been an integral member of Lindner’s economics faculty, where he continues his research interests in spatial econometrics, Bayesian econometrics, regional economics and social networks. His research earned him the William H. Miernyk Research Excellence Medal in 2008, which is awarded annually to a young scholar for the best sole-authored paper presented at the Southern Regional Science Association meeting.
He has been published in leading scientific and economics journals, including Regional Science and Urban Economics, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A, the Journal of Regional Science, and the Journal of Applied Econometrics.
Parent has served as chair of the Lindner Research Committee and numerous other committees within the college and university. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Papers in Regional Science. He also regularly presents at several international conferences, such as the annual Southern Regional Science Association meeting, the North American Regional Science Council meeting and the Midwest Econometrics Group meeting, among others.