Dr. Rick Harper
Dr. Rick Harper began working as a professional economist in 1980 and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 1989. Rick retired from University of West Florida in 2017 after 28 years on the faculty. He served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Affairs for the Florida Senate from 2012 until 2014, as UWF’s chief research officer during 2015 and 2016, and as the economic expert for the State of Florida in its economic damages litigation with BP from 2010 until the damages settlement was reached in 2015. He now serves as the economic advisor to Triumph Gulf Coast. In this role, he provides advice and support to the Triumph Board of Directors as it seeks to distribute $1.5 billion in BP economic damages funds to projects that will grow and diversify the Northwest Florida economy.