Charles Whiteman

beta gamma sigma's board of governors | John & Becky Surma dean, smeal college of business, the pennsylvania state university

Dr. Charles H. Whiteman, who has more than 36 years of experience in higher education and business, assumed the John and Becky Surma Dean of the Penn State Smeal College of Business position at Smeal in July 2012. Prior to joining Penn State, he was senior associate dean for the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. During a career that began as an instructor at Iowa in 1980, he advanced through the faculty ranks to become a chaired professor and served in a variety of administrative roles including chair of the Department of Economics, director of the Institute for Economic Research, and interim dean.

Whiteman holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas. His academic expertise is in macroeconomics, econometrics, and economic forecasting. He has conducted research that has been supported by a number of grants from the National Science Foundation, published dozens of academic papers, written two books, and served as associate editor of several economics journals. Whiteman has also advised the state of Iowa’s Department of Management on economic issues and served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Minneapolis.