Special BGSU Web forum to focus on U.S. economic crisis

Three BGSU economic and banking experts will discuss “Economic Crisis: Implications for Business and the Financial Markets” in an 8 a.m. forum tomorrow (Sept. 30) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The forum will also be streamed live on the Web at

Dr. Rodney Rogers, dean of the College of Business Administration, will introduce the panel discussion, which will also be filmed by WBGU-PBS for broadcast at a later date.

Panelists will include Dr. Timothy Fuerst, economics, and Dr. Robert Edmister, finance.

“We’re fortunate to have on our faculty national experts on macro economic issues and banking,” Rogers said. “This is a great opportunity for business leaders and investors to get an assessment of what the current crisis means for the economy and financial markets.”

Fuerst, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, has been a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland since 1994. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking and, in 2000, was named BGSU’s Master Teacher, considered the University’s highest faculty honor because students choose the recipient. He has also received the business college’s Robert Patton Scholarly Achievement Award twice, and was named its Distinguished Research Scholar, from 1998-2000, and the Owens-Illinois Endowed Professor, from 2000-06. His research interests include monetary theory and policy and business cycle theory.

A former dean of the BGSU business college, Edmister is also a former practicing banker at the National Bank of Detroit and an appointee to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C. He created the Bank Loan Simulation to give bankers an opportunity to experience realistic but dangerous lending conditions without endangering their banks. The simulation has been a core of the American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School since 1989. He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and was previously a finance faculty member and chair at both the University of Maryland and the University of Mississippi.

Individuals planning to attend the forum in person are asked to R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. today (Sept. 29). To view the webcast live, users should go to A recording of the forum can be viewed on the BGSU Web site beginning Tuesday (Oct. 1).

September 29, 2008