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Barnett Professorship in Free Enterprise Studies announced

November 18, 2011

For the last 37 years, professor William Barnett, Ph.D., has been a constant presence in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Business, teaching generations of young students the theory and reality of economics. Now, his legacy will live on thanks to the creation of the William Barnett Professorship in Free Enterprise Studies, announced last week by the College of Business.

“This really is a very humbling experience to have something like this created in your name. I’m very honored, but very humbled by it,” Barnett said. “You go into education because you want to be an influence in young people’s lives. Having this honor bestowed upon me shows that I’ve been relatively successful in doing that. When you get down to it, what more could you ask for?”

Colleagues, friends and family gathered in the Diboll Art Gallery in Loyola’s Monroe Library for a celebration to honor Barnett, who received his undergraduate degree from Loyola in 1967 and returned to teach in 1974.

Alumnus Eric Eckholdt ’89, who now works in New York as the executive director of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation, was instrumental in spearheading the campaign.

“You embody everything a college student and university could want in a teacher,” Eckholdt said to Barnett at the dedication ceremony. “Your commitment to a free society will be honored, as this will fund the research of future professors in the classical liberal tradition. We hope that they find similar success as you.”

College of Business Dean William Locander, Ph.D., said Barnett’s dedication to his students and to research in his field will be honored through this new professorship.

“His contributions to the college, the university and its students are profound—as is evident by the professorship established in his honor by the very students he taught and mentored. Bill Barnett is an outstanding teacher who strives to educate his students mentally, morally and socially,” Locander said.

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