Robert Resek served as University Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1988 to 1995 where he was chief budget officer, and senior academic officer for the University. Resek focused his research as a professor on technical progress, investment behavior, the demand for money, risk analysis and regional economics. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the US State Department, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. In 1977 he became director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research of the University where he published a quarterly Illinois Economic Review, an annual economic outlook and a statistical abstract of Illinois. As an advisor to Governor Jim Thompson, he organized a conference and book, The Midwest Economy: Issues and Policy. During his tenure, the bureau significantly expanded its role in analyzing the state economy including the development of significant forecasting capability for the state economy and state revenue. He was active in the Association of University Business and Economic Research where he served as director, vice president, and president.
Resek served as Visiting Faculty at MIT and UCLA; Visiting Professor at University of Colorado; Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Japan and as US State Department Scholar in Japan.
PhD, MA: Harvard University, 1961, 1960
Undergraduate: University of Illinois, 1957