FCC Appointment

Posted on: January 4, 2013

Steve Wildman2013 is only a few days old and already CAS faculty are blazing new trails.  I am proud to share some very exciting news. Last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the appointment of Professor Steven Wildman as the agency’s new chief economist.

Dr. Wildman is currently Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law and recently served as Acting Chair of the Department of Media and Information(TISM).

He is HIGHLY regarded internationally for his expertise and scholarship on economics and policy across communication industries. This is a wonderful honor for Steve and for the college as a whole.

Wildman first joined MSU in 1999 from Northwestern University. He has also served as senior economist with Economists Incorporated, and as an assistant professor of Economics at UCLA.

He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Stanford University as well as a B.A. from Wabash College. His scholarship has included rights and regulations for new communications technologies, understanding broadband adoption and use, the economics of Internet video distribution, and delivering digital content over mobile networks.

Chairman Genachowski noted in the FCC announcement that Wildman “has a stellar record as an economist and has conducted important research on broadband adoptions and spectrum management, among other topics. The Chief Economist’s role and office are critical to the agency’s work and its understanding of complex economic issues related to the communications sector.”

Wildman has received numerous honors and fellowships including the Journal of Media Economics Award of Honor for Scholarly Contributions and Inspiration to the Field of Media Economics and the Distinguished Research Award from the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association. He has served as both an Ameritech and National Science Foundation Fellow.

He is also highly published, authoring several books and contributing to numerous journals, as well as serving on the editorial boards for the Journal of Media Economics; Telecommunications Policy; International Journal of Media Management; Information, Economics and Policy; and the International Journal of Digital Television.

On a more personal note, in addition to being a brilliant scholar, Steve is an exceptional person.  He has perhaps the biggest heart in the college, and I would highly recommend him and his wife, Susan, as dinner companions if you enjoy a night of the most eclectic conversation imaginable.  Faculty, staff and students across the college are so appreciative of Dr. Wildman’s leadership and scholarly contributions. We wish him great success at the FCC and look forward to his eventual return to MSU.

Best wishes and congratulations to Dr. Wildman!

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