In addition to unveiling Dr. Johnson’s
portrait, State Sen. Gerald Dial
(R-Lineville), who serves as President
Pro-Tem of the University’s Board of
Trustees, presented resolutions from the
Alabama Legislature commending Dr.
Johnson’s service to the University, state
Also making remarks during the opening
were Center Executive Director Dr. Scott
Beaulier and Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean
of the Sorrell College of Business.
“With Dr. Johnson’s example, our
students can see the opportunity to reach
the highest levels of business, and the
Center will provide a solid foundation for
future generations,” Dr. Edwards said.
Following the dedication ceremony, the
Center presented a lecture by Dr. Arthur
C. Brooks, president of the American
Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).
AEI is a non-partisan public policy think
tank in Washington, D.C., committed to
expanding liberty, increasing individual
opportunity and strengthening free
(inset left) Dr. Manley Johnson and members of his family unveil a portrait that will hang in the Center. Left to
right: Marshall Johnson, Sean Morris, Merritt (Johnson) Morris, Mary Johnson and Manley Johnson.
(inset center) In his remarks, Dr. Manley Johnson credited the collaboration of many individuals, educators and
businesses for creating the Center.
(inset right) Unveiling a plaque naming Troy University’s Center for Political Economy in honor of Manley
Johnson are, left to right, Ryan Stowers of the Koch Charitable Foundation, Johnson, Board of Trustees
President Pro-Tem State Sen. Gerald Dial, and BB&T Area Executive Paul Stanley.