Eric Dodge, Hanover College professor of economics, has been named the inaugural Michael B. and Judy Zeddies Chair in Economics.

A member of Hanover’s faculty since 1995, Dodge specializes in industrial organization, intermediate microeconomic theory, applied microeconomics, applied statistics, labor economics and environmental economics.

“It is a great honor to be appointed as the inaugural Zeddies Chair in Economics,” said Dodge, who will begin a five-year term this fall. “I’m very grateful to the Zeddies family for this generous contribution to the economics department. I look forward to collaborating with students, Hanover employees and alumni to bring economic education and sustainability to our College and community.”

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The Zeddies’ endowed fund recognizes and supports an outstanding teacher-scholar in Hanover’s economics department. The honor also provides annual financial assistance for professional development and student programming.

“By their gift of the Zeddies Chair, Mike and Judy Zeddies have shown their great support for the faculty of the College and made visible their conviction that great teaching is at the heart of the Hanover mission,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert.

In addition to his classroom work, Dodge has served the campus community as co-founder and chair of the Environmental Stewardship Committee and as a member of the Faculty Steering Committee, Curriculum Committee, Committee on Student Retention and Faculty Development Committee, among many others.

He is a published author, including “5 Steps to a 5: AP Microeconomics/Macroeconomics” and “Economics Demystified,” and has held longtime memberships in the American Economics Association and Southern Economics Association. He has been a presenter, commentator, chair and organizer at economics and education conferences held coast-to-coast for more than two decades.

Locally, Dodge has served a wide range of community organizations, including the Oak Heritage Conservancy, Pathways Youth Shelter and Family Services, Cub Scouts Pack 718 and Jefferson County Soccer Association.

The Zeddies’ Chair was established with a permanent fund last spring. More than 40 years after his graduation, Mike Zeddies ’77 continues to praise his Hanover education and the impact of the College’s engaged faculty on his life.

“Hanover really went a long way toward shaping me as a mature young adult,” said Zeddies, a retired business executive and former president and owner of Illinois-based Midland Marketing, Inc.