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Davidson professor, dean nominated by President to Federal Reserve

Philip Jefferson, Davidson College photo

Jan. 14. President Biden has nominated Davidson professor Philip Jefferson to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Jefferson is vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty as well as the Paul B. Freeland Professor of Economics at Davidson College.

As Davidson’s chief academic officer, he brought what he called a “360-degree” perspective to the job.

Vassar grad

At his alma mater, Vassar College, Jefferson serves on the board of trustees and works closely with the dean of the faculty on academic affairs.

“Philip’s career as a renowned scholar, institutional leader, and public figure spans an exceptional range of experience,” said Davidson College President Carol E. Quillen. “He is especially well-equipped to serve as a key partner with faculty, fellow college leaders, trustees, students, and the community in defining the strategic vision for the college.”


Jefferson has taught at Columbia University and the University of Virginia, in addition to Swarthmore, and worked as a visiting research economist at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as an economist for the Federal Reserve’s board of governors, in Washington, and for the Federal Reserve Bank, in New York.


One Response to “Davidson professor, dean nominated by President to Federal Reserve”

  1. Outstanding credentials! He will serve the Board well.

    Posted by Gail Williams | January 14, 2022, 3:04 pm

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