ON-Lion Letter
In mid-July, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) in Washington, D.C., selected Arthur C. Brooks to be its next president.  Brooks is the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University and an AEI visiting scholar.  He will succeed Christopher DeMuth in January 2009.

"I am thrilled and honored to be asked to serve as the president of AEI," Brooks said.  "For the last two decades under Chris DeMuth's visionary and selfless leadership, the Institute has had an extraordinary impact on public policy, from reforming a broken welfare system and improving our public education to dramatically strengthening our national defense.

"With research ranging between prophetic ideas and technical policy details," he continued, "AEI has always acted as a steward of American ideals of private liberty, individual opportunity, and free enterprise."

Brooks' research and writing have investigated the connections between culture, politics, and economic life in America.  During the past 10 years, he has published five dozen academic articles, scores of magazine and newspaper essays, and seven books on subjects ranging from the economics of the arts to philanthropy to military-operations research. 

His most recent books are Gross National Happiness:  Why Happiness Matters for America -- and How We Can Get More of It, Social Entrepreneurship:  A Modern Guide to Social Value Creation, and Who Really Cares:  The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI.
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