Professor Crosses Border to Lend Expertise on Heading a Center

School of Business professor Peter Calcagno visited Ottawa, Canada to lead a workshop encouraging academics to create research and student centers. Calcagno was invited by the Institute for Liberal Studies to direct the one-day workshop at its headquarters on October 31, 2015.

Due to the success of the School of Business’ Center for Public Choice and Market Process, Calcagno was chosen to present on topics including planning a Center, ways to be successful, improving and overcoming challenges and fundraising. Faculty across multiple disciplines from various Canadian colleges and universities attended the forum.

Peter Calcagno

Peter Calcagno, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Public Choice and Market Process

Calcagno, Ph.D., is a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Public Choice and Market Process.

“We’re thrilled that the Center for Public Choice and Market Process was recognized as a Center of Excellence, and that the success of the Center is known in wide circles including internationally,” said Calcagno. “I hope to motivate academics at other universities to start such centers.”

This is not the first time the Center for Public Choice and Market Process has been recognized internationally. In October 2012, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation selected the then Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process as a Templeton Freedom Award recipient. The Center was one of 16 winners representing 10 countries around the world.

The Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process was founded in 2008 with generous gifts from the BB&T Charitable Foundation and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and was named a Center of Excellence in 2015. The Center advances the understanding of the economic, political and moral foundations of a free market economy. It supports the growth and development of teaching and research at the College of Charleston School of Business while engaging students and the greater Charleston business community.

The Institute for Liberal Studies was founded in 2006 to offer a non-partisan venue for the discussion of economics, philosophy, history and public policy in Canada.

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