He becomes Dr. John Karl Scholz president of the University of Oregon (UO), effective July 1.
Scholz is currently the Provost and Nellie June Gray Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously UW-Madison’s dean of the College of Letters & Science and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Economist Scholz’s work focuses on household savings, low-wage labor markets, financial barriers to higher education, and bankruptcy laws.
Scholz also served in two presidential administrations, as Chief Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 1990-1991 and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the US Treasury Department in 1997-1998.
Scholz holds a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.