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September 12, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Tom Fomby, professor of economics in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is this year's SMU recipient of the United Methodist Church's (UMC) University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award.

The UMC's Division of Higher Education of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry gives the award in recognition of outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to their institution.

Fomby was selected based on the recommendation of a university committee. He has taught economics at SMU since 1975 and is the former chair of the SMU Department of Economics. He teaches econometrics, business and economic forecasting, principles of economics, price theory, industrial organization and public policy, and macroeconomic theory.

In addition to teaching, Fomby is the co-author of the textbook, Advanced Econometric Methods, and the author of more than 30 articles and book reviews in leading journals. He currently is co-editor of the research annual Advances in Econometrics, published by Elsevier Science.

A former president of the SMU Faculty Senate, Fomby has dedicated many years of service to the university, including serving as a faculty member to the SMU Board of Trustees, the Provost's Special Advisory Committee on Tenure, the Dedman College Faculty Council, the All-University Academic and Research Computing Committee, the Academic Policies Committee and the executive board of the SMU Capital Campaign, among many other university committee assignments.

Among his many awards and honors, Fomby is the recipient of the "M" Award for Outstanding Service to the University (2000), the SMU Faculty Volunteer of the Year Award (1992), the SMU Godbey Lecture Series Outstanding Faculty Award (1997), recognized as the Outstanding Economics Professor at SMU (1998-99) and is an honorary lifetime member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Fomby received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri in Columbia.