College of Business Alum., Arthur C. Brooks, Honored as 2019 FAU Hall Of Fame Inductee

From Stories by Brittany Sylvestri | FAU News Desk

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 06,2019) The Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association (FAUAA) hosted its annual Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni ceremony and reception recently. The event brought together alumni to celebrate the accomplishments of their most outstanding peers. Alumni from seven of FAU’s colleges were honored for their career accomplishments, and Arthur C. Brooks, Ph.D., M.A.’94, a graduate of the College of Business, was introduced as the 2019 inductee into the FAUAA Hall of Fame.

Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He began his career as a classical musician, leaving college at 19 to perform with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later, the City Orchestra of Barcelona. After 12 years in music, he returned to school, earning his bachelor’s in economics at Thomas Edison State College and master’s degree in economics at FAU in 1994. 

He later received a MPhil and Ph.D. in public policy analysis at The RAND Graduate School. While in graduate school, he worked as an analyst with the Rand Corporation’s Project Air Force. Brooks then spent 10 years as a university professor, becoming a full professor by his seventh year and occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He holds six honorary doctorates. This summer, Brooks will leave AEI to join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

On May 2, 2019, Brooks spoke at the FAU graduation ceremony as the 2019 FAU Hall of Fame inductee.

Florida Atlantic University conferred more than 3,200 degrees during six commencement ceremonies in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The new graduates join more than 169,000 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the University opened its doors in 1964.

“A sincere congratulations to the class of 2019,” said FAU President John Kelly. “I applaud the outstanding accomplishments of our graduates and I know they will make us proud as FAU alumni.”

Some interesting statistics regarding the summer graduating class include the fact that 89 of the degree recipients are over the age of 50 and 15 are over the age of 60. The oldest graduate is 70, and the youngest is 18. The graduates represent 47 countries.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit