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Schunk appointed to Governors School board

December 7, 2009

Donald Schunk, research economist at Coastal Carolina University, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Governors School for Science and Mathematics.

The Governors School is a prestigious residential program for South Carolina high school students who are talented in the sciences. Founded in 1988 by Gov. Carroll Campbell and former Sonoco Products President Charles W. Coker, the institution is located in Hartsville. The school is ranked among the top 10 "public elite" secondary schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine, placing it squarely among the "best of the best, according to Governor's School President Murray Brockman.

Brockman noted that a major purpose of the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics is to support high-technology economic development in the state. The timing of Dr. Schunks appointment is fortuitous because the school is in the process of establishing an Institute for Economics in a major enhancement of this high-tech role, Brockman said.

Schunk is one of the states leading economists. He joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2007, serving as research economist with CCUs BB&T Center for Economic and Community Development. He was formerly with the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

As CCUs research economist, Schunk tracks, analyzes and forecasts national and state economic conditions. He issues monthly analyses of economic indicators and employment/unemployment data.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Bemidji State University in Minnesota in 1995 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee in 1999.