A scholar specializing in the economics of developing countries has been named chairman of the University of Utah Economics Department.

Dr. Kenneth P. Jameson, professor of economics and a fellow in the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, will take over the chairmanship July 1. The chairman is appointed for three years, but may be reappointedafter a review.His appointment was approved this week by the U. Institutional Council. Jameson replaces E.K. Hunt, who decided to return to full-time teaching. He had served as chairman since 1983.

Jameson was selected after a nationwide search by a U. faculty committee.

The new chairman has specialized in Latin America in his work with developing countries.

He has a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University and a master's and doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He has an extensive publications list in professional journals.

Earlier this year, the economics department was the focus of a six-month university investigation after reports of grade changing and allegations of nepotism and financial and personnel mismanagement.