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W. Bartley Hildreth


Ph.D., University of Georgia


Dr. Bart Hildreth joined the faculty in July 2009. Previously, at Wichita State University, Hildreth was the Regents Distinguished Professor of Public Finance with joint appointments in the public administration faculty of the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs and the finance faculty of the W. Frank Barton School of Business. Hildreth served as interim dean of the Barton School of Business in 2007-2008 and dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies during 2009 – 2010.

As director of the Kansas Public Finance Center from 1994-2009, governors appointed him to high-level tax and infrastructure financing assignments, and he led several research teams on significant state-wide policy issues. His recent work includes projects to train the Fellows and Residents of the CDC Public Health Prevention Service in public budgeting and finance.

Hildreth’s prior tenured academic positions were in the business schools at LSU and Kent State University. Hildreth served on the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, and as Director of Finance for the City of Akron, Ohio.

Hildreth recently completed a three year term (2012-2015) on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board which was created by Congress under the Securities Acts Amendments of 1975 to promote a fair and efficient municipal securities market.

Hildreth is editor-in-chief of the only refereed journal devoted to municipal securities and state and local financing, the Municipal Finance Journal. His numerous journal articles and publications include the State and Local Government Debt Issuance and Management Service, the co-edited Handbook on Taxation, and the co-authored Budgeting: Politics and Power, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Hildreth received the 2008 Aaron B. Wildavsky Award for lifetime scholarly achievement in the field of public budgeting and financial management. He is a 2012 Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2005, Hildreth served as visiting research chair in public policy at McGill University in Montreal. In 2002, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars selected him as the only academic member of its delegation to China on environmental infrastructure financing.

Dr. Hildreth serves as the faculty advisor for the Municipal Securities Laboratory.

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