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UGA experts to offer commentary on federal government’s debt ceiling dilemma


The following faculty experts from the University of Georgia are available to discuss a wide range of issues related to the federal government’s debt ceiling crisis and how consumers will be impacted. Their contact information is included for your convenience. Please feel free to contact UGA News Service at 706/542-8083 or should you need additional assistance.


Dr. Jeffrey Humphreys
Simon S. Selig, Jr. Center for Economic Growth
UGA Terry College of Business
Cell phone: 678/646-9782


The director of UGA’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, Humphreys has published more than 250 applied and academic studies regarding market research, economic forecasting, transportation and economic development. In Georgia, he is well known for his detailed economic forecasts. Nationally, he is best known for The Multicultural Economy reports the Selig Center publishes annually, which include his detailed estimates of the purchasing power of African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Caucasians and Asian Americans. Humphreys is a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the state of Georgia and is a monthly columnist for Georgia Trend magazine. He also served on the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians created by House Bill 1405. In 2003, the editors of American Demographics selected Humphreys as one of the 25 market researchers who have made the most significant contributions to the understanding of consumer trends for business leaders over the previous 25 years.


Joseph W. Goetz
Assistant Professor, UGA Family Financial Planning Program
Faculty Supervisor, ASPIRE Clinic
UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Cell phone: 706/540-9999
Office phone:706/542-2066

Goetz currently serves on the executive committee and as a faculty supervisor for financial counseling and planning services in UGA’s Aspire Clinic. In addition, he is the program director for the UGA Family Financial Planning Program. He earned graduate degrees in the areas of psychology and financial planning from Texas Tech University, and holds multiple professional designations, such as Accredited Financial Counselor and Certified Retirement Counselor. He is a co-founder of the Financial Therapy Association and currently serves on their board of directors. He has developed extensive expertise in many areas of personal financial management, including debt management, investing and retirement plans.