Associate Professor of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences
The inaugural faculty chair of the Central European Institute, the István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics, is a permanent, endowed faculty position. The position was established in September 2008 thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Christopher Ball, associate professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, currently holds the faculty chair position.
Ball worked in Budapest, Hungary, from 1994–98 at the Hungarian Atlantic Council and as a fellow for the Institute for Current World Affairs. In 2003, he was hired by Quinnipiac as an assistant professor of economics in the School of Business. Building on his unique connections in Hungary, Ball launched a foreign lecture series in the business school bringing notable individuals from Hungary to speak at Quinnipiac.
In 2008, he became the first endowed chair at Quinnipiac and began focusing on building programs with the Central European region. In 2011, he established CEENET Inc., which is a private association of professionals in Connecticut with Central European connections who promote bilateral business and diplomatic relations between Connecticut and Central Europe. In 2013, he was inaugurated as the Hungarian Honorary Consul for Connecticut. He continues to serve in that role, and the Hungarian Honorary Consulate is housed at the Central European Institute. In addition, Ball served as executive vice president of Light Sources Inc., a multinational manufacturer headquartered in Orange, Connecticut, and currently manages his private consulting business.