UM Business Bureau Director Elected President of National Association

October 30, 2019

Patrick BarkeyMISSOULA – Patrick Barkey, director of Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana, has been elected the 2019-20 president of the national Association for University Business and Economic Research.

AUBER is the premier professional organization for regional economics centers, with members from leading universities and affiliate organizations across the United States.

“It is humbling to follow the long history of prestigious researchers who have held this position,” Barkey said. “I look forward to working with the leadership team to make our organization more valuable and relevant.”

The University’s BBER has grown to become one of the largest and most successful business research centers in the country. On an ongoing basis, the bureau analyzes local, state and national economies; provides annual income, employment and population forecasts; conducts extensive research on forest products, manufacturing, health care and child welfare; designs and conducts comprehensive survey research at its on-site call center; presents annual economic outlook seminars in cities throughout Montana; and publishes the award-winning Montana Business Quarterly magazine.

Barkey said he is honored to be elected and will continue supporting the AUBER community with vital programming and membership opportunities.

The board elections were announced at AUBER’s 2019 conference held in Savannah, Georgia, and hosted by the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business.

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Established in 1948, BBER is the main research unit of the College of Business at UM. For more information, visit or call 406-243-5113.


Contact: Patrick Barkey, BBER director, 406-243-5113,