Professor and Director
Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

Ph.D., Political Science, Northwestern University | Connect with Dr. Beecher through LinkedIn | Resume 

Dr. Janice Beecher was appointed as Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University in 2002 and now brings more than thirty years of applied research experience to the position. Her areas of interest include regulatory institutions, theory, and principles, and utility pricing, and she specializes in the water sector. She is a frequent author, lecturer, and participant in professional forums. She is Editor of the journal Utilities Policy (Elsevier) and a book series for MSU Press. She co-authored the book, Risk Principles for Public Utility Regulators (2016), and has several works in progress. Dr. Beecher is presently serving on the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Finance Advisory Board and has served as an appointed advisor to the State of Michigan on infrastructure and water policy. She previously held positions at The Ohio State and Indiana Universities and the Illinois Commerce Commission and is a faculty member of MSU’s Department of Political Science (College of Social Science), where she has taught graduate courses in public policy and regulation. She holds a B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and History from Elmhurst College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University. 

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Harry Trebing

September 14, 1926 to August 15, 2019

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Founder and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University
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IPU Founding Director 1966 to 1991
“Crossing the Rubicon with Harry Trebing” (2002)
“University Creates Unit to Study Utility Problems” (1966)
Contribute to “Harry M. and Joyce C. Trebing Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Economics” here
See some of Professor Trebing’s publications here
Trebing Tributes