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Kathy Wirtanen
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P:  (540) 464-7361
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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

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Dr Donald Sparks is Professor of International Economics and Director of the Office of Fellowships at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina where he has been named outstanding MBA professor of the year three times. From 2000-2010 he was a Visiting Professor at Stetson University's Summer Business Program in Innsbruck, Austria where he now teaches MBA courses at the Management Center Innsbruck.

Before coming to the Citadel, Dr Sparks served as a Staff Assistant to Senator Ernest F Hollings in Washington, DC and as the Regional Economist for Africa with the US Department of State’s Office of Economic Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Dr Sparks was a Fulbright Professor of Economics at the University of Maribor, in Slovenia in 2005. In 2000-2001 he was Visiting Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the American University in Cairo, and in 1996-97 he was Fulbright Professor of Economics at the University of Swaziland. He serves on the review panel for the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program in economics and is past president of the South Carolina chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Dr Sparks received his BA from the George Washington University and his MA and PhD from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. He has co-authored two economics textbooks and numerous journal articles. He has contributed the Economic Trends chapter for Africa South of the Sahara annually since 1985. Dr Sparks has lectured widely, in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and North America. His research interests are on monetary integration in Southern Africa, regional economic integration, public-private partnerships and economic growth and development.