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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dr. Peter J. Boettke Joins FEE Board of Trustees

On behalf of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Board of Trustees and staff, president Lawrence W. Reed announced today the election of Dr. Peter J. Boettke to the organization’s Board of Trustees.

“We are pleased that Dr. Boettke has accepted our invitation. Pete has long been associated with FEE as both a writer and a speaker. His scholarship is exceptional and his knowledge of FEE’s distinguished history is considerable. He will provide many valuable insights and advice as a member of our governing body.”

Dr. Peter J. Boettke is the Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and a professor in the economics department at George Mason University. Boettke was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his BA in economics from Grove City College and his PhD in economics from George Mason University.

Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, Boettke held faculty positions at Oakland University, Manhattan College and New York University. In addition, Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992-1993 academic year. He has been a visiting professor or scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems in Jena, Germany, the Stockholm School of Economics, Central European University in Prague and Charles University in Prague.

FEE played an important role in the early development of Boettke’s economic thinking. “At the suggestion of my professor Hans Sennholz,” he says, “I made the trip from Grove City College to FEE more than three decades ago. That weekend proved to be a pivotal moment for me as a student and later as a teacher in the classroom. FEE is the home base for free market economics throughout the world. It is a privilege for me to be associated with FEE and its core educational mission.”

Boettke’s three-year term as a FEE trustee begins immediately. He joins 11 other distinguished individuals whose backgrounds include many years of experience in business, academia, banking, philanthropy and investments.

  • Peter Boettke is a Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University and director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.
  • Tsvetelin Tsonevski the Director of Student Programs at The Independent Institute. He is formerly the director of academic affairs at FEE. He holds an LL.M. degree in Law and Economics from George Mason School of Law.