The James A. Leach Endowed Chair in Banking and Monetary Economics
Established in 1994 by O. Jay Tomson and community bankers
Dr. Scott Fullwiler has held the Leach Chair since joining the faculty in 2001. He is co-director of Wartburg's social entrepreneurship program and also serves as a research associate with the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability in Kansas City, Mo.
Fullwiler's academic research focuses on the details of monetary and fiscal policy operations, macroeconomic policy, interest rates, and large-scale macroeconometric models. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and working papers and recently co-edited Institutional Analysis and Praxis: The Social Fabric Matrix Approach (Springer, 2009). He frequently presents his research at regional, national, and international conferences.
During the summer of 2010, Fullwiler was an invited Franklin Fellow at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, where he taught a new course on emerging social capital markets. It was the first time a course on this topic had been offered at the undergraduate level anywhere in the world.
Fullwiler earned his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
James A. Leach is an Iowa native and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. O. Jay Tomson, a banker and former member of the Wartburg Board of Regents, led an effort among Iowa community bankers to fund the chair in honor of Leach, who at the time served on the House Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs and was ranking member of its Subcommittee on International Development, Finance, Trade, and Monetary Policy. Alan Greenspan, then chair of the Federal Reserve, spoke at a Wartburg event announcing the chair.