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Polish economic reformer joins faculty

Gregorz Kolodko

Grzegorz W. Kolodko, deputy prime minister and minister of finance in Poland from 1994 to 1997 and a key architect of that country's economic reforms, has been appointed the John C. Evans Visiting Professor in Polish and European Studies.

Kolodko, a leading expert on post-Communist transitions to a market economy and democracy, taught at the University last fall and will return for the next two academic years in the fall semesters.

"Professor Kolodko was a leader of one of the great economic transformations in the late 20th century," said Thomas L. LeBlanc, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the College Faculty. "What an opportunity it is to have him here."

The professorship is named for John C. Evans, an alumnus who has been a strong University supporter through gifts that bring people of different cultures together. He is president of Velmex, a maker of precision slides, and for 15 years taught at the University's Institute of Optics.

Kolodko will teach at the University's Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies and in the Department of Political Science. A professor at the Warsaw School of Economics, he also serves as the director of Transition, Integration and Globalization Economic Research (TIGER) at the Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw, Poland.

His latest book, Post-Communist Transition: The Thorny Road, was published by the University of Rochester Press and is the first book in the new Rochester Studies in Central Europe series, edited by Ewa Hauser, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.

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