Dr. Malcolm Gillis
In July 1993, Dr. Malcolm Gillis became president of Rice University and brought with him a long and distinguished academic career. He spent the first 25 years in academia teaching economics and bringing economic analysis to bear on important issues for public policy in 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Ghana, Indonesia and several Latin American countries.
He started as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Duke University and went on to spend 15 years at Harvard University. Dr. Gillis returned to duke in 1984 as a professor of economics and public policy. While at Duke, he chaired a successful curriculum reform in 1987. He was chairman of the Editor Advisory Board of Duke University Press and served as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs from 1986 to July 1991, then Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from August 1991 until June 1993.
Dr. Gillis received many honors in academia. In 1989, he was recognized as a Distinguished Fulbright Professor at the Catholic University of Chile, and in 1990, he was named Smith Reynolds Distinguished professor in Public Policy.
His teaching and research have focused on fiscal reform and environmental policy. Dr. Gillis has authored, co-authored or edited eight books including the widely acclaimed 1988 publication, Public Policies and the Misuse of Forest Resources. In addition, 70 of his articles have been published in various journals.
Dr. Gillis has a distinguished environmental career as well. He was a co-founder of the Board of Trustees of the Center for World Environment and Sustainable Development; he was co-founder of the Duke Center for Tropical Conservation in 1988. In 1997 he was named to the National Academy of Sciences Board on Sustainable Development.
Dr. Gillis' career includes substantial service to his profession, governments, foundations and hospitals. He serves as coeditor of the oldest economics journal, "Quarterly Journal of Economics." He is a member and Chair of Visiting Committee for Energy Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a board member of the American Forestry Association. Dr. Gillis is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Hospital Art and the Foundation for Chilean Education. He sits on a diverse array of boards, including the Houston Advanced Research Team, Greater Houston partnership, St. Luke's Episcopal hospital, AMIGOS de Las Americas, The Houston symphony, Texas Aviation Hall of fame, Houston Technology Center, AECOM and the Advisory board of Texas Council on Economic Education.
He has served as the Director of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston. He was on the Advisory Board of Texas Commerce Bank from 1993 to 1998. He was member of Executive Committee and is currently chair of the Tax Committee of the Association of American Universities.
Dr. Gillis, a native of Marriana Fla., earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Florida. He then received his Ph. D. from the University Of Illinois.
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