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Nober Joins GW Regulatory Studies Center as Director

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
Roger Nober, Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center.

Roger Nober, Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center.

The George Washington University (GW) Regulatory Studies Center on Dec. 18 announced that Roger Nober has joined as its new Director, effective January 2024.

Nober brings more than three decades of regulatory, management and public policy expertise to GW, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at BNSF Railway, Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and Chief Counsel of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Roger Nober is uniquely positioned to guide the Regulatory Studies Center in exciting new directions while continuing its mission to improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach,” said current Director Susan Dudley, who founded the Center as an academic unit in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, which is part of the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Dudley, who has served as the Center’s Director since 2009, will continue to contribute to the Center as a scholar and professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

“We are thrilled to have Roger Nober take the helm as the Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center,” said the Trachtenberg School Director and Professor, Mary Tschirhart. “His wealth of experience in the regulatory landscape will undoubtedly propel the center to new heights, ensuring its continued success as a thought leader in regulatory studies.”

According to GW, Nober arrives at the Center at a “pivotal time for regulation policy and the Center’s role in public discourse.” Throughout 2023, as the Biden Administration proposed “the most substantial reforms of the past 20 years to modernize regulatory review processes,” the Center and its scholars published dozens of public interest comments, op-eds, commentaries, and podcasts analyzing the policy proposals. The Center hosted special events in May and November, which convened high-ranking officials from Democratic and Republican administrations, academics, and legal, policy, and economic scholars to examine the reforms’ challenges and opportunities.

“I am excited to join the Regulatory Studies Center and continue its tremendous work in the regulatory analysis and public policy fields,” said Nober. “I have long admired the Center and am excited to work with current Director Susan Dudley, Trachtenberg Director Mary Tschirhart, and the talented faculty, students, and staff at the Center to help lead it into the future.”

Since 2009, the GW Regulatory Studies Center has served as a hub for academic institutions around the country, “fostering the exchange of fresh ideas and analysis among policy makers in Washington.” The Center supports graduate students through research opportunities, stipends for unpaid internships, and career guidance. The Center hosts events featuring insights on regulatory policy and practice from diverse individuals, including members of Congress, officials from various administrations, international diplomats, academics, and legal, policy, and economic scholars.

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