Jeff Pompe, professor of economics, was named to the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Chair in Business at Francis Marion University during a ceremony March 4.
The chair was established by John W. Sparrow of Lake City in memory of his mother. His sons, Samuel F. Sparrow (FMU class of ’83) and J. Wesley Sparrow Jr. also contributed to the chair. The purpose of the chair is to honor a member of the faculty of the FMU School of Business for academic excellence, integrity, and professionalism in their field.
Pompe studies environmental economic and community development issues. He is co-author of one book, Environmental Conflict: In Search of Common Ground, published in 2002 by State University of New York Press. He has contributed to three other books, South Carolina Governance Project in Civic Education (2003), Encyclopedia of Business and Finance (2001) and Land Rights: the 1990s Property Rights Rebellion (1995).
He also has published more than 40 articles in numerous journals and publications, many dealing with coastal resources, property rights, and cultural economics. He and former FMU faculty member James Rinehart were presented the Award for Outstanding Paper in Entrepreneurship and Private Enterprise in 1997 by the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
A native of Russelton, Pa., Pompe joined the FMU faculty in 1988. Prior to that, he was a graduate and research assistant at Florida State University. He also has been a bassoonist with the Ft. Lauderdale Symphony and with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
He is a reviewer for Coastal Management, Journal of Environmental and Economic Management, and Delaware Sea Grant. He has been a member of the American Economic Association, the Southern Economic Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the Atlantic Economic Society and the Coastal Society.
He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Duquesne University before receiving a master’s and doctorate in economics from Florida State.
“Jeff Pompe is an outstanding faculty member and colleague,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “The Sparrow Chair will support his research and other scholarly activities. We are indebted to the Sparrow family for their continued generosity and support of Francis Marion University.”
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