The University Record, April 9, 2001

Albright joins Business School’s William Davidson Institute

From the William Davidson Institute

B. Joseph White, dean of the School of Business Administration and president of the William Davidson Institute, has announced that former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will join the Institute as its first Distinguished Scholar, effective Sept. 1.

The William Davidson Institute is an international, educational think tank affiliated with the Business School that supports and promotes the development of new market economies through research, student education and business assistance. For nearly a decade, Davidson Institute faculty and students have been working in Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

“Economic development in emerging markets is heavily dependent on those countries’ success in democratization and human rights—no issue could be more significant to their long-term development and to our own future,” Albright said. “My association with the William Davidson Institute represents a remarkable convergence of my own interests in developing economically viable democracies based on the rule of law and human rights with the Institute’s extensive knowledge and expertise assisting governments, policy-makers and firms in developing economies as they transition to market-driven economies.”

“We are honored to have former Secretary Albright join the William Davidson Institute,” White said. “She is a scholar and policy-maker of the first order. Her expertise in fostering democratization and institution building is the perfect complement to the Institute’s expertise in economic and business elements of emerging market economies around the world.”

“Secretary Albright has experienced firsthand many of the economic challenges the William Davidson Institute works to resolve,” said President Lee C. Bollinger. “On behalf of the University of Michigan, I am proud to welcome Secretary Albright to our community. The William Davidson Institute and the important work done there is a point of pride for us all.”

Albright earned her doctorate in public law and government and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, and central and eastern European politics. As the Davidson Institute’s Distinguished Scholar, she will chair an annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will convene senior public and private policy-makers and international academic experts to discuss vital emerging market issues, including the forces and effects of globalization.

In addition, Albright will spend several weeks each year at the Davidson Institute offices in Wyly Hall. She will interact with students and scholars from the Davidson Institute, the Business School and the University community, as well as the Institute’s global network of scholars, government officials, and business and community leaders. “Together, we will strengthen the Institute’s outreach to policy-makers around the globe who are grappling with the vital political dimensions of business and economic development,” White added.

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