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Kathleen Cooper    

Kathleen Cooper is dean of the College of Business at the University of North Texas.

As dean of the college, Dr. Cooper is responsible for oversight of all programs, undergraduate and graduate, and works to develop new initiatives that promote and increase funding for the college. Recently she completed Harvard University's Leadership Institute for senior administrators, served on the Energy Information Administration's External Review Team, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fortune 200 natural gas company, Williams Companies. 

Prior to her current appointment, Kathleen Cooper served as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce from May 2001 until August 2005.  In that capacity, she served as principal economic adviser to the Secretary of Commerce and oversaw the activities of the Bureau of the Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and STAT-USA.  Dr. Cooper was honored with the Commerce Department's prestigious Redfield Award for her many contributions.  Kathleen Cooper's accomplishments during her tenure include reengineering the 2010 Census, instituting the first quarterly measure of the U.S. service sector, achieving sustainable funding levels for accurate and timely economic statistics, restructuring the economic policy staff at Commerce, and working collaboratively to develop the Administration's comprehensive private pension funding reforms.  She is a dynamic speaker that provides audiences with the business know-how and executive branch experience to explain the effects of energy prices, trade, currency, and other factors on policy and the economy.

Kathleen Cooper has also served as Chief Economist with the Exxon Mobil Corporation as well as Economics and Energy Division Manager of its Corporate Planning Department.  In this capacity, Dr. Cooper's responsibilities included advising senior management on the global business environment and energy markets and developing appropriate assumptions for planning purposes. In addition, she contributed to the development of company positions on international trade, tax, and environmental policy issues.

Before associating with ExxonMobil in 1990, Dr. Cooper was Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of Security Pacific National Bank.  Kathleen Cooper headed the bank's Economics Department, which conducted international, financial market, industry risk, and regional research.  She spent 1971-81 as Corporate Economist and then Chief Economist of the United Banks of Colorado, lecturing part-time on economics and statistics at the University of Colorado at Denver for one of those years.

Dr. Cooper is a director of the National Bureau of Economic Research, principal of the Council for Excellence in Government, and member of the Conference of Business Economists. She has held positions as president of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE), chairman of the American Bankers Association's Economic Advisory Committee, trustee of Scripps College, and past president and senior fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics.  Kathleen Cooper has also served as trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and the American Council for Capital Formation.

Dr. Cooper holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Colorado.


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