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Economist Named Interim Dean of Business College

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Morteza Rahmatian becomes interim dean for Mihaylo College of Business and Economics July 25, serving in the absence of Anil Puri, who was named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Since 2015, the veteran professor of economics has been serving as interim associate vice president of south county operations and initiatives and overseeing Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine Campus.

Rahmatian joined the campus in 1988, serving as director of the Center for Economic Education for six years in the 1990s and eight years as chair of the Economics Department. He became associate dean of Mihaylo College in 2012, responsible for faculty development and instruction innovations, graduate programs and academic advising.

An expert in environmental economics, Rahmatian was part of a 2006 United Nations team working with environmental protection officials from countries that surround the Caspian Sea. It was just one of several projects he has conducted for either the U.N. and/or the World Bank. His research has been published in numerous publications, including the International Journal of Environmental Research, Science and Biology, Journal of Business and Economic Perspective and the Iranian Journal of Public Health.

Rahmatian holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Wyoming.