Hall of Fame Award

Established in 1985 by the FAU Alumni Association, the Hall of Fame Award recognizes extraordinary alumni who demonstrate exceptional service and commitment to their profession or to the community.

2019 Hall of Fame Honoree and Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Business

Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC, where he is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise.

Before becoming president of AEI in 2009, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Dr. Brooks is the author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise, including the newly released, “Love Your Enemies” (Broadside Books, 2019), which debuted as a national bestseller. He is also a columnist for The Washington Post and is featured in a new documentary film “The Pursuit,” set for digital release this May. Additionally, he has published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008).

Dr. Brooks holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

“FAU helped me find my true vocation. At age 30, it was the first traditional higher education experience of my life. My professors inspired in me a love for the beauty of economics, made me want to become an academic, and gave me the confidence to change careers to make it so. I will always be grateful to FAU.”