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Citadel News Service
25 Nov 2014

Greater Issues Address by Leszek Balcerowicz Dec. 2

One of Poland’s most experienced business and political leaders will be addressing the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Citadel faculty and guests at 11 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 2, at McAlister Field House. Leszek Balcerowicz is considered the architect of Poland’s economic reforms that were initiated in 1989. He designed and executed what the Polish government regards as the radical stabilization and transformation of the nation’s economy since the fall of communism there. Additionally, Balcerowicz has served as deputy prime minister, president of the National Bank of Poland, and professor of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Balcerowicz holds more than 18 honorary doctorates, and he has earned numerous national and international awards since 1992, including most recently the prestigious Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. He is the author of more than 100 publications and books on economic issues in Poland and abroad.

Born in 1947, Balcerowicz graduated with distinction from the Foreign Trade Faculty at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw (CSPS), now the Warsaw School of Economics, in 1970. In 1974, he gained an MBA at St. John's University in New York; in 1975 received his Ph.D. in economics at the CSPS.

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel. The Greater Issues Series is made possible by a grant from the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

 

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