Santa Clara University


About Mario L. Belotti

The Mario Belotti Chair honors a person who has had a profound influence on the faculty and alumni of Santa Clara University's School of Business, as well as the larger business community in the Silicon Valley. As then-Dean Barry Posner put it when announcing the chair endowment: "The enthusiastic support of this chair by those faculty and friends with home he worked, taught, and mentored is a tribute to his generous spirit."

Dr. Mario Belotti was born in a northern Italian village near Bergamo in 1926, to sharecropper parents. He came to the United States in 1951, sponsored by Mrs. Bea Harris of Texas, who encouraged and supported his desire for graduate education. In 1959, he joined the Santa Clara University faculty and in 1960, he received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas, Austin.

Among his numerous awards and honors received as a Santa Clara faculty member, he was named the Orradre Professor of Economics in 1985, the Keck Foundation Professor in 1988, and the Faculty Senate Professor in 1990.

His ability to apply complex economic theory to the pragmatic needs of the business community led to the development, in 1975, of the SCU Economics Symposium, a biannual discussion between business leaders and internationally known economists, including many Nobel Laureates.

Professor Belotti's economic expertise has also delighted audiences at the annual Economic Forecast held at the start of the new year—each new year since 1970. This forum, which draws guests from the business community as well as the general public, features Dr. Belotti and distinguished guest speakers presenting their perspectives on the economy for the coming year.

Dr. Belotti built the Economics Department as its chair for more than 20 years. He also directed the School's Food and Agribusiness Institute for eight years, where he recruited an international student body and signficiantly increased corporate and private for the Institute. He has worked as an economic consultant in many developing countries and has published numerous articles in newspapers, journals, and magazines.

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