Jean-Claude Thill is currently the Knight Distinguished Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte, and he has held past positions at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York and the University of Georgia.
He has served as Executive Director of NARSC since 2005 which involves wide ranging duties associated with hosting the North American Meetings of the RSAI each year. Jean-Claude coordinates everything that takes place at these meetings: both the official events and the organizational meetings that take place behind the scenes. He reminds members of various standing committees of deadlines and procedures, negotiates contracts with hotels and vendors, and he even balances the NARSC bank accounts. Without Jean-Claude’s organizational skills this would be a very different meeting. The popularity of the conference has increased dramatically since he took office.
During his tenure as Executive Director of NARSC, Jean-Claude has taken a lead role in maintaining open channels of communication and coordinating NARSC activities with the Regional Science Association International where he has served as a Councilor since 2003, and other related organizations such as the Urban Economics Association, the Industry Studies Association, the Spatial Econometrics Association, and the Association of American Geographers. Most recently he has spearheaded the establishment of the Regional Science Association of the Americas and worked at promoting Regional Science activities in Latin America.
In addition to his recent service as executive director of NARSC, Jean-Claude served as North American editor of Papers in Regional Science from 1996 to 2002, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and the Area Editor in charge of Geographic Information Science for Networks and Spatial Economics.
For his distinguished record of service to regional science, the North American Regional Science Council presents Jean-Claude Thill the David Boyce Award.