An energetic force of positivity, an unconventional thinker, and a passionate advocate for the liberal arts, Brock Blomberg became the 17th president of Ursinus College in July 2015.
Blomberg strives to challenge our students to become thoughtful leaders of a global society and is deeply committed to building a vibrant, inclusive campus environment that engages alumni, parents, and members of the community.
Prior to becoming Ursinus president, Blomberg was dean of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., where he also served as the Peter K. Barker Professor of Economics and the George R. Roberts Fellow. While at Claremont McKenna, he led the development of a signature scholars program; served as a scholar-teacher in philosophy, politics, and economics; and implemented the first master’s degree offered at the college.
The widely published author of more than 30 articles and book chapters, Blomberg is a notable scholar of the economics of terrorism, and is a political economist who has held positions in organizations renowned for steering national and global economic policy.
Blomberg was a senior economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under the nation’s 43rd president, George W. Bush, and was the U.S. Representative to the Economic Committee for Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation. He also served in various capacities with such organizations as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Blomberg served in the military for eight years, including as a captain in the Army Reserve. He was on the faculty at Wellesley College and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and its celebrated Weatherhead Center for International Affairs before arriving at Claremont McKenna in 2003. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tampa and received his master’s degree and doctorate in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.