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OWU Holds First Economic Outlook Conference, Hosts Guest Panelists

February 18, 2004

[ Leo de Bever Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University will hold its first Economic Outlook Conference at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference, which is co-sponsored by the OWU Department of Economics and the Woltemade Center, will bring together three panelists to discuss the outlook of the U.S. economy.

The guest panelists include Leo de Bever, senior vice-president, research and economics of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan; Bryan Jordan, a local economist for Banc One Investment Advisors and Ed Stevens, senior consultant and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

According to Dr. Robert Gitter, OWU Professor of Economics and coordinator of the conference, the panelists will speak on pertinent issues such as economic growth, the global economy, unemployment and the national deficit. Gitter points out that all three panelists must have an understanding of the future of the economy because of the nature of their jobs.

"In these times of uncertainty, especially in an election year, this information can be of use to almost everyone," said Gitter.

Ed Stevens of the Federal Reserve said, "Anyone -- voter, investor or student -- should think seriously about the role of the United States in the global economy."

During the conference, each panelist will speak for approximately 15 minutes. The panelists will then react to comments and questions from the audience.

Leo de Bever and his team at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan are responsible for the fund's asset-mix research and the economic backdrop to its investment strategy. de Bever manages in excess of $50 billion in U.S. dollars.

Bryan Jordan's role at Banc One includes briefing traders, analysts and portfolio managers on the outlook of the U.S. economy and financial markets. As a member of the Banc One Investment Advisor's Asset Allocation Committee, Jordan helps set the investment agenda for approximately $150 billion in assets under management.

Ed Stevens has held numerous positions at the Federal Reserve including senior economist, assistant vice-president and economist, and consultant and economist. His main research interests include money and banking, monetary theory policy, and central banking.

For details about the Economic Outlook Conference, please contact Dr. Robert Gitter at 740-368-3536 or rjgitter@owu.edu.