Jerome B. Komisar

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Jerome Bertram Komisar (born 1937) is an American economist and academic administrator most notable for serving as President of the University of Alaska.


Komisar was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from New York University in 1957, master's and Ph.D degrees in economics from Columbia University in 1959 and 1968, respectively. His dissertation committee included two winners of the Nobel Prize in economics, Gary Becker and Jacob Mincer.[1] He began at the City College of New York in 1959 and moved to Hamilton College in 1961. In 1966, he joined the Binghamton University, where he held a number of faculty and administrative positions, most notably acting Chancellor in 1987 and 1988.[2]

In 1990, he assumed the Presidency of the University of Alaska system, serving in that role for eight years.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Komisar, Jerome B. (1959), The Economic Factors Affecting the Development of the American Shoe Factory, New York: Columbia University, OCLC 56144104
  • Komisar, Jerome B.; Gambs, John S. (1968) [1964], Economics and Man, Homewood, Illinois: R. D. Irwin, Inc., OCLC 517436
  • Komisar, Jerome B. (2012) [2012], The Last Believer, Jerome B. Komisar, ISBN 0985858400


  1. ^ "Board of Regents Meeting transcript from June 18-19, 1998". Agendas of the Board of Regents Meetings Archive. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska. 1998-06-19. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  2. ^ "BIOGRAPHIES OF CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF", The New York Red Book, Albany, New York: Williams Press, 89, p. 786, 1988, ISSN 0196-4623, OCLC 1642672
  3. ^ "Komisar Resigns University of Alaska Presidency". System News Releases Archives. Fairbanks, Alaska: Alaska Statewide Office of Public Affairs. 1998-01-07. Retrieved 2010-01-18.[permanent dead link]
Academic offices
Preceded by
Stanley K. Coffman
President (acting) of the State University of New York at New Paltz
July 1979 – June 1980
Succeeded by
Alice Chandler
Preceded by
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.
Chancellor (acting) of the State University of New York
February 1, 1987 – July 31, 1988
Succeeded by
D. Bruce Johnstone
Preceded by
Donald D. O'Dowd
President of the University of Alaska
August 1990 – June 30, 1998
Succeeded by
Wendy Redman (acting)