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The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate will welcome noted financial journalist and author Neil Irwin to campus for a presentation, book signing and reception on Monday, May 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the BMW Classroom.  At the same reception, the campus community will be officially welcoming Dr. Frank Rudisill as the new dean of the Johnson College.

A Spartanburg native, Irwin is a Washington Post columnist and the economics editor of Wonkblog, The Post’s site for policy news and analysis. Each weekday morning his Econ Agenda column reports and explains the latest trends in economics, finance, and the policies that shape both. He is the author of “The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire” a book about the efforts of the world’s central banks to combat the financial crisis and its aftermath, published this spring by the Penguin Press. Copies of this book will be available for signing and purchase at the event, as well as at the Hub City Bookstore.

Irwin covered economics and the Federal Reserve for The Washington Post from 2007 to 2012, where he helped lead coverage of the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis, recession and government response. He has been a reporter at The Washington Post since 2000, and also covered topics including the Washington regional economy, economic development and Internet companies. He was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University, from which he has an MBA. Irwin’s undergraduate studies were at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He is the son of Nancy and Co Irwin of Spartanburg.

Dr. Rudisill was named dean of the Johnson College in March 2013. Rudisill’s administrative responsibilities include academic program, budget and personnel oversight; leadership in maintaining AACSB International accreditation; and proactive and extensive leadership in collaborative activities with business, industry and technical colleges and universities in the Upstate region. He joined the USC Upstate faculty in fall 2002, served as associate dean of the Johnson College from fall 2008 through spring 2011, and interim dean from July 2012 to March 2013. He teaches in the areas of management, operations management, statistics and business strategy.

The reception is being sponsored by The Richardson Group at Morgan Stanley, and is free and open to the public and the university community. The Johnson College is located at 160 E. St. John St. in downtown Spartanburg. For more information, contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or bwsmith@uscupstate.edu.

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