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College Affordability Speaker Series: Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum, "What's Behind the Cost of Higher Education at Public Universities" Bonnie Auditorium

Wednesday Oct 3
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum is President of the American Association of University Professors and a professor of economics at Wright State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980. Since coming to Wright State in 1980, he has authored more than thirty articles and chapters in books. His writings have dealt with race and sex discrimination, changes in income distribution, the impact of unions on wages and benefits, the effect of occupational structure on earnings, health care costs and regional development. Dr. Fichtenbaum has received awards for outstanding scholarship and service and has twice been elected as President of the Faculty. He has also spent a year as a visiting scholar working for the Labor Research Association. He has served as the Chief Negotiator for the Wright State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He was also the President of the Ohio Conference of the AAUP and is also chair of the Ohio Conference Committee on Organizing. Previously, he served two terms as a member of the National Council of the AAUP, served two terms as a member-at-large on the Executive Committee of the Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC) of the AAUP and is currently the Treasurer of the CBC. Dr. Fichtenbaum also serves on the Investment and Audit Committees of the AAUP. He works as a consultant for AAUP and has analyzed the finances of more than 30 colleges and universities including Rutgers University, the University of Vermont, the University of Akron, Hofstra University, Rider College, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State, the University of New Hampshire and Portland State University. He has also has given numerous workshops for faculty on understanding university and college finances, costing contracts and health benefits and was the winner of the CBC’s Sternberg Award in 2010.