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IMF deputy director to address Rockford College grads

Friday, May 08, 2009  
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For immediate release – 5/8/09
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications, 815-226-3374 


Jonathan L. Fiechter, a Rockford College graduate who is currently deputy director for monetary and capital markets for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 155th  commencement May 17, 2 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Fiechter is a 1969 graduate of the college who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and then went on to serve in various governmental capacities. He will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the ceremony.

The IMF is an organization of 185 countries that works to foster global and economic stability. It has been in the news recently as G-20 countries turn to it to provide financial support to emerging market countries affected by the global economic crises.

During his 38 years of service in areas related to financial markets and regulatory policy, Fiechter has held leadership positions at a number of governmental and other agencies, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (senior deputy comptroller for international and economic affairs), the World Bank (chairman of the Financial Sector Board and director of special operations), the Office of Thrift Supervision (acting director, senior manager/deputy director), and the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury where he was an economist.

He has also served on various boards, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Resolution Trust Corp., and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp.

Fiechter has received numerous awards for his work including the Wall Street Journal Award for Outstanding Economist, H.B. Earhart fellowships, the F. DuPont Fellowship, the American Bankers Association’s Cummings Senior Managers Government Fellowship, and numerous agency awards given by several cabinet secretaries.

In addition to the keynote address, emerita professor status will be given to Dr. Martha Pippitt, professor of biology and department chair, who is retiring after 27 years. More than 500 students are expected to graduate. 


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