David McClain (president)
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David McClain is president emeritus of the University of Hawai‘i and a professor at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i's Mānoa campus.
McClain led the 10-campus University of Hawai‘i System from 2004-2009 and served as vice president of academic affairs from 2003-2004. He also served as a dean of the UH Manoa College of Business from 2000-2003. He has been a tenured member of the UH Mānoa faculty since 1991.
McClain was born in St. Joseph, Missouri (1946) and is the son of American parents.
McClain received a BA in economics and mathematics from the University of Kansas. He joined the U.S. Army, serving as a first lieutenant during the Vietnam War. He earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a tenured faculty member and finance department chair at Boston University and the first director of its Management Development Program-Japan. He has taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at Universidad Gabriela Mistral in Santiago, Chile and has been a visiting scholar at Keio and Meiji Universities in Japan. He was a senior staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisors during the presidency of President Jimmy Carter, prior to which he directed international economic information services for Data Resources, Inc., a Lexington, MA based economic consulting firm.
He is the author of Apocalypse on Wall Street, a number of scholarly articles and hundreds of columns on economic issues. In 2007, McClain received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.