President Lynn Pasquerella has announced economics professor James Hartley will serve as interim executive director of Complementary Program Development (CPD) for the upcoming year, beginning July 1. Hartley will assume the role held by outgoing executive director Stephen Herman, who is retiring.
Hartley has served on the advisory committee of Complementary Program Development since its founding, working closely with CPD's staff and leaders to shape a plan for revenue generation for the College. Currently chair of the Department of Economics, he has been a professor of economics at Mount Holyoke since 1994, regularly teaching courses on macroeconomics and money and banking. In addition, he has taught interdisciplinary seminars and tutorials on Western Civilization, using the Great Books as texts. A California native, he earned his B.A., M.A, and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Davis.
"I am thrilled that Jim has accepted this opportunity. He is a creative thinker, firmly anchored in Mount Holyoke's mission, who brings an economist's expertise and an energetic vision to this critically important work," said Pasquerella.
“CPD offers a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the core mission of Mount Holyoke to provide an excellent undergraduate education to women from around the world,” said Hartley. “Both by raising money to help finance Mount Holyoke’s primary mission, and by adding programs to bring educational opportunities to students beyond the core student body, CPD will help advance Mary Lyon’s dream of creating a ‘delightful spot for those whose heart has stirred them up to use all their talents in the great work of serving their generation.’ ”
In 2001, Hartley spent six months as a Fulbright Fellow in Kolkata, India, where he was housed at the Indian Statistical Institute. In 2006, he returned to India to consult and teach at the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, the country’s oldest business school. On that second trip, during events organized by the U.S. Consulate throughout northeastern India, he also lectured to audiences ranging from college students to business professional groups.
In 2008, he edited the volume Mary Lyon: Documents and Writings, which was the first time the writings of Mary Lyon had ever been collected and published. In addition, he is the author of The Representative Agent in Macroeconomics (Routledge, 1997) and the coeditor, with Kevin D. Hoover and Kevin D. Salyer, of Real Business Cycles: A Reader (Routledge, 1998). He has also published regularly on macroeconomics and in explorations of how economics relates to other disciplines.
Through CPD, Mount Holyoke supports new and innovative programs that are aligned with the College’s educational mission, including a Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, a Summer Academy for girls in grades 7-11, SummerMath for Teachers, and a new M.A.T. program. Some of the programs currently under development include new directions in graduate and professional studies, summer and international programs, and consultancies with educational institutions and organizations dedicated to academic and professional excellence.