Free enterprise leader Arthur C. Brooks to speak at Johnson Center dedication at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2012

TROY – The dedication ceremonies for the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University Friday, Feb. 10, will feature an address by a leading U.S. free-market economist as well as remarks from the center's namesake.

The center is named for Dr. Manuel H. "Manley" Johnson, a TROY alumnus, Troy native and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors. Dr. Johnson, along with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and BB&T Charitable Foundation, supported the creation of the Center with a $3.6 million gift to promote teaching and research efforts that examine the role economic freedom plays in economic development and human prosperity.

"This ceremony is an important milestone in the life of our University and an outstanding reflection on the career and achievements of Dr. Johnson," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "The research and teaching taking place in the Johnson Center are making a strong College of Business even stronger. I thank Dr. Johnson for his leadership and his support of his alma mater."

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, will serve as the keynote speaker for the day's events. AEI is a non-partisan public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise. Until 2009, Dr. Brooks served as the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University, where his research focused on the intersections of economics, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

The author of nine books, Dr. Brooks' newest, "The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape the Future," is an extremely important contribution to the debate on the role of government in our lives and excellent defense of limited government, said Dr. Scott Beaulier, Director of the Johnson Center.

"Dr. Brooks' opinions and research are helping to shape the conservative agenda, and he is a recognized authority in free-market economics," he said.

The dedication ceremony for the Johnson Center will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Bibb Graves Hall atrium, followed by Dr. Brooks' lecture, set to begin at 11:15 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theater. The dedication and lecture are free and open to the public to attend.

The Johnson Center occupies specially designed space inside the newest addition to Bibb Graves Hall, which enclosed a portion of the historic building's rear exterior and added about 40,000 square feet to the building's original footprint. In addition to expanded classroom and office space, the new wing is home to the Center for International Business and Economic Development and the Confucius Institute at Troy University.