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UA Names Interim Director of Economic Research Center

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The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on Monday named Mervin Jebaraj interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at its Sam M. Walton College of Business, effective April 17.

He is its assistant director and is leading the center during a national search to replace Kathy Deck, who had been director since April 2007 but is leaving for a new role at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

Jebaraj has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from UA. He has worked at the center since 2007.

Jebaraj has led the development of economic studies for the university, Northwest Arkansas Council, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Jones Center for Families and others.

He was named a “Fast 15” by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and a “20 in their 20s” by Arkansas Business. Jebaraj was also a member of Leadership Arkansas Class VIII.

A reception to bid Deck farewell is set for 3-5 p.m. on April 7 in room 203 of the Willard J. Walker Hall on the university’s campus.

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