CLEMSON — Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of the College of Business and Behavioral Science and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of economics, has been named an Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University by the Clemson Alumni Association.

Bruce Yandle was named an honorary Clemson alumnus.

Bruce Yandle was named an honorary Clemson alumnus.

“This is a high honor,” he said. “I join the ranks of my favorite people: my former students and others who came to Clemson. Having the opportunity — the privilege — of being in the classroom at Clemson is the high point in my professional life.”

Yandle began as an economics professor at Clemson in 1969 and retired in 2000. He returned to serve as dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science from 2004 to 2007. As a senior fellow of Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute of Government Affairs, he produces a quarterly newsletter that analyzes national, regional and state economic trends and activity. He also is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University.

Yandle has served as executive director of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, as a member and chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors and as chairman of the board of trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College.

He has written more than 100 journal articles and written or edited 16 books.

“When Dot and I first visited Clemson in April 1969 for interviews, the campus and town looked like a dream come true,” he said. “It still does!”

“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the award than Bruce Yandle due to his extended involvement and enthusiasm for the university,” said Missy Ryan, senior director of development.

Honorary alumni are specially selected by the Alumni Council for their outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

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