B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary and a M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kathy Deck is the Director of Community and Economic Research Partnerships for the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama. In this role, Deck cultivates relationships between the University of Alabama and community or business organizations that result in research-based economic development solutions for the region and real-world problem-solving experience for students. An economist by training, her own research interests include regional economic development, industry market structure, and higher education economics. In October 2017, Deck was elected president of the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER), the national organization that serves regional economics centers housed in universities.
Prior to joining the Culverhouse College, Deck served for ten years as the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. In providing applied economic research as part of the outreach mission of the Walton College, Deck managed over a hundred studies for dozens of clients including: Arvest Bank Group, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and the Northwest Arkansas Council. Deck lead research efforts for every industry in the state of Arkansas and her research agenda has revolved around examining how to make regions more complete participants in the knowledge-based economy.
Before joining the Center for Business and Economic Research, Deck was the antitrust economist for the Arizona Attorney General.
Deck also acts as a media resource for economic analysis of current events and trends and is a frequent public speaker. She was named Business Advocate of the Year in 2015 by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Communicator of the Year in 2009 by the Northwest Arkansas Public Relations Society of America, as one of the 40 under 40 by Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, a Woman of Influence by Arkansas Business, and was included on the Arkansas Business Power List from 2008 to 2016.