Ron Mittelhammer was appointed interim dean on June 1, 2013, and Dean (for a two-year term) on September 22, 2014. In his 35 years at WSU, Mittelhammer, a Cougar Alum, has garnered a reputation for wearing his school spirit on his sleeve. Sometimes it’s on the front of his shirt or his tie, but it’s always there. You will never see him without his favorite fashion accessory—WSU’s logo.
In addition to his unwavering Cougar pride, Mittelhammer brings to CAHNRS a deep commitment to research, discovery, and continuous improvement, as well as a wealth of experience. He works to cultivate and strengthen CAHNRS’ many collaborative relationships with industry and other stakeholders. Internally, his goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations while fostering a sense of community and team spirit among faculty, staff, and students.
A celebrated graduate-level teacher who has received national and university-wide awards for instruction, Mittelhammer was one of the first professors promoted to the level of Regents Professor, WSU’s highest academic rank, in 2004. In 2014, Mittelhammer was awarded the WSU Eminent Faculty Award, the highest honor for WSU faculty, recognizing his contributions to the vitality and strength of the WSU community as well as for his contributions to the field of economics through his “teaching, research, creative scholarship and service.”
He was instrumental in the design of the School of Economic Sciences and served as its first director from 2004 to 2010.
In addition to three major books on statistics and econometrics, Mittelhammer has authored more than 250 publications and presentations, as well as numerous book chapters.
He has been recognized as a Journal of Econometrics fellow; an Agricultural & Applied Economics Association fellow, president, and past president; and a Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association. He is also a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Mittelhammer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Rutgers University (1972, 1974), and his doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from WSU (1978).