By Evan Lybrand

CLEMSON — Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of economics, has received the Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE).

The association includes teachers, scholars and business professionals who focus on the study and support of private enterprise. The Adam Smith Award is the highest honor bestowed by APEE to individuals who have made lasting contributions to perpetuation of the free market. The recipients have acquired international reputations as eloquent scholars and advocates of free enterprise and the system of entrepreneurship.

APEE selects individuals, who through their writing, speaking and professional lives, have focused attention upon the fundamental principles representing the association. Yandle has served as vice president, president and a board member of APEE.

“This is indeed a high honor. I am grateful to the many colleagues and students who assisted me along the way,” he said.

Yandle began as an economics professor at Clemson in 1969 and retired in 2000, returning 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.

“Bruce Yandle is the perfect candidate for this award,” said Brad Hobbs, APEE vice president. “He has a prolific professional vitae that has had tremendous effects on the profession of economics while also holding numerous leadership positions within the economics profession. The support of the APEE board was strong and universal; all of felt honored to have known and worked with Bruce at every level. Bruce is who they were speaking of when the phrase 'a scholar and a gentleman' was coined — he truly fits that definition.”

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