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Emeritus Professor of Economics, California State University

Dr. William Crist (Bill) is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at California State University, Stanislaus, where he served as Professor of Economics from 1969 through his retirement in January, 2003.  He was Chair of the university’s Department of Economics from 1986 to 1990. He also served the CSU as the University’s Corporate and Foreign Education Liaison from 2000 to 2003.

Dr. Crist was an elected member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration from 1987 to 2003. He served as President of CalPERS and Chairman of the Board of Administration from 1992 until his retirement from the Board in January, 2003. He served on every standing committee of the CalPERS Board during his tenure.  CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the United States.

Bill has served as Co-Chair of the U.S. Council of Institutional Investors, and as a member of the Council’s Executive Committee.   He was a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network and served as a member of the ICGN Board of Governors.

Bill is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Pacific Pension Institute.  He serves on a number of other advisory boards in both the public and the private sector, and on corporate boards in the US and in Europe.  He has written numerous articles on retirement and health system administration, corporate governance and public sector collective bargaining.

During his academic career Dr. Crist was the founding President of the California Faculty Association, which is the exclusive representative of more that 25,000 university faculty members in California.  He served as President and Chairman of the CFA Board from 1976 to 1985.  Dr Crist holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Nebraska.

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