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TROY Magazine
A focus on protecting freedom and
prosperity for future generations will
guide the Manuel H. Johnson Center for
Political Economy at Troy University.
The Center’s namesake outlined the
agenda Feb. 10 at the official dedication
of the Center inside the newly completed
40,000 square-foot expansion of Bibb
Graves Hall, home to the Sorrell College
of Business on the Troy Campus.
Speaking before about 200 community,
business, government, student and
University leaders, Dr. Manley Johnson
said that while the Center for the study of
free-market economics bears his name, its
creation was due to the collaboration of
many individuals, educators and business
“It’s wonderful, and I am honored
that this is named for me, but it’s really
about the efforts of many people and
institutions,” he said. “Governments and
buildings do not learn, people do. That’s
what this is really about.”
Dr. Johnson is a Troy native and a
1973 graduate of the University’s Sorrell
College of Business who served as vice-
chairman of the Federal Reserve Board
of Governors, and served as an assistant
secretary of Treasury, among other posts.
He pulled together a coalition with the
Charles Koch Charitable Foundation and
BB&T Charitable Foundation, one of
the nation’s largest banking institutions,
to fund the development of the Johnson
Center, which includes five economists on
its faculty. Dr. Johnson currently serves
on the Troy University Foundation Board
of Directors.
“What we see today will make a large
contribution to our philosophy of
servant leadership,” Dr. Jack Hawkins,
Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said.
“There’s no better example of servant
leadership than Dr. Manley Johnson.
Today is a testimony to Dr. Johnson’s
commitment to service.”
Dr. Johnson said his vision for the
Center’s primary role was to educate
future generations of Americans about
their freedoms and individual rights to
prosperity that made the nation great.
“These are the things that created the
wonderful country we live in today,” he
Manuel H.
Johnson Center for
Political Economy