Two Ottawa University alumni and a long-time faculty member were honored Friday, October 26, during the annual Alumni Awards Banquet in the Mowbray Union Dining Commons.
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Dr. James Gwartney ’62
Dr. James Gwartney was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award, which was established in 2005 and recognizes individuals who have made an impact in their chosen field of endeavor.
Gwartney has spent more than 45 years as an instructor and professor of economics. He began his career as an instructor at the University of Washington in 1966. He then launched a 40-year teaching stint at Florida State University (FSU), where he served first as assistant professor of economics, then as professor, eventually becoming the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair, a position he continues to hold today. Gwartney also serves as director of the Gus. A. Stavros Center for Economic Education at FSU and has taught abroad in the Czech Republic and London.
He has written a variety of textbooks on economics, including Economics: Private and Public Choice, which has sold more than one million copies; Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity; and Economic Freedom of the World, an annual report published by institutes in 80 different countries.
In 2004, Gwartney was honored with the Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his lasting contribution to the perpetuation of the ideals of a free market economy. He has also received the Will Herberg Award for Outstanding Faculty Service from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and has served as President of both the Southern Economic Association and Association of Private Enterprise Education.
He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Ottawa University in 1962, followed by a master’s degree in economics in 1967 and a doctorate in economics in 1969 from the University of Washington.
Gwartney and his wife, Amy (Minich) Gwartney ’64, have four sons, Scott, David, Mark, and J.R.; four daughters-inlaw; and eight grandchildren.
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