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W. Mark Crain
William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy
112 Simon Center
Tel: 610.330.5315

Curriculum Vitae

Lafayette College Faculty Spotlight

Mark Crain is the William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy at Lafayette College and Chair of the Policy Studies program.  In addition to teaching and research, his duties include strategic planning, curriculum development and assessment, student advising, and communications with internal and external constituencies.  He has published over 100 articles and 10 books in the fields of economics, business, political science, and law.  His most recent monograph, The Impact of Regulatory Costs on Small Firms (2010, with Nicole V. Crain), estimates the cost of federal regulation and its distribution among business sectors and firms sizes.

Dr. Crain came to Lafayette College in 2004 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he had been a faculty member with administrative, research, and teaching duties since 1982.  As Director of the Center for Study of Public Choice, Dr. Crain led one of the world’s most productive academic enterprises.  Dr. Crain also served as Director of the Economics Ph.D. and M.A. Programs at George Mason.  His prior academic positions were at UCLA and Virginia Tech.

Dr. Crain was Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1987-88), and co-author in 1988 of the Presidential transition report on the US Department of Energy.  For the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dr. Crain served as a Trustee of the $50 billion Virginia Retirement System and chaired its Audit and Compliance Committee.  He was also a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists.  In total, his federal and state level public service over 25 years includes work on a variety of topics including budgeting, energy, regulation, GPS, transportation, and finance.

Dr. Crain received his doctorate in economics from Texas A & M University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

Katie Schimpf
Policy Studies Program
116 Pardee Hall
Tel: 610.330.5921

Welcome Katie Schimpf, Policy Studies Administration Assistant

In January 2011 Katie Schimpf became Administrative Assistant for the Policy Studies program. She comes to Lafayette from Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH), one of the world’s largest apparel companies.  At PVH, Ms. Schimpf was Executive Assistant to the V.P. of Store Operations and responsible for all monthly, quarterly, and annual fiscal reporting, as well as management of all sales meetings and special events.  She was also a key member of the company’s fundraising events for non-profit organizations, implemented and managed PVH’s Enterprise Application Software (EAS) and acted as liaison between Headquarters and individual stores throughout the U.S.

Prior to joining Phillips Van Heusen Corporation, Ms. Schimpf was the Administrative and Sales Assistant at D.B. Becker Co., Inc., a specialty Chemical Distributor located in central New Jersey.

Ms. Schimpf’s education is in Business Administration and Graphic Design, and is active in Lehigh Valley civic affairs.  She lives in Forks Township with her husband and two daughters.