UGA economics professor Dwight R. Lee has been appointed co-director of the UGA Center for Economic Education. Lee will work closely with center co-director Ron VanSickle, a professor of social studies education at UGA, to strengthen delivery of economic education opportunities for elementary school teachers in the state of Georgia.
“Dwight’s experience as an economics scholar and internationally recognized advocate for private enterprise and free markets makes him the right choice to strengthen the quality of economic education in Georgia’s schools,” says George Benson, dean of the Terry College of Business.
Lee joined the business college faculty in 1985 as director of the Ramsey Center for Private Enterprise and holder of the Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey Chair of Private Enterprise. He has spent time as a visiting scholar at the Center for Study of American Business at Washington University (1988-89) and at the Liberty Fund in Indianapolis (1999).
An expert on public choice, public finance and environmental economics, Lee is the author of dozens of articles for academic journals and nine books, including Getting Rich in America: Eight Simple Rules for Building a Fortune and a Satisfying Life, published in 1999 with co-author Richard McKenzie.
Established in 1976, the UGA Center for Economic Education is one of 12 such centers based at universities in Georgia. Its mission is “to provide K-12 teachers with economics knowledge, curriculum resources and instructional skills to teach their students to make effective decisions as producers, consumers, family members and citizens of their communities, state, nation and the world.” The center sponsors pre-service and in-service workshops and courses for educators and publishes instructional materials for use in Georgia classrooms.