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Tom Witt, the former director of West Virginia University's Bureau of Business and Economic Research, was among honorees presented with national awards recently by the Association for University Business and Economic Research.

AUBER honored five universities and select individuals at its annual conference.

Witt was named the recipient of the Thayne Robson Award, the highest honor that AUBER awards to an individual for long-time commitment and service to the organization, as well for economic and public policy leadership in their state.

"I am truly honored by my selection for this award," said Witt. "This award is named after the director of the University of Utah's Bureau of Economic and Business Research, who I met at my first AUBER meeting in Salt Lake City in 1985. Thus, it has a special meaning to me."

Witt made the BBER into what it is today, said B&E's Milan Puskar Dean, Jose Sartarelli.

"Tom laid the foundation for the BBER, and we will continue to build upon it after his retirement," Sartarelli said.

Witt joined the College of B&E faculty in 1970 and retired in June. He has continued to work part-time on funded research projects and is professor of economics emeritus.

The AUBER conference took place Oct. 27-30 in Honolulu and was hosted by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Awards for Excellence in Publications, as well as recognition for leadership and contributions to AUBER, were presented at the conference. AUBER is a professional association of business and economic research organizations at public and private universities, and consists of 100 leading university-based economic research centers.