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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2017
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Washington, DC (February 7, 2017) — American Enterprise Institute (AEI) President Arthur C. Brooks announced today the inauguration of the Morgridge Fellow in Education Studies, which was made possible thanks to a generous gift from John and Carrie Morgridge. Mr. and Mrs. Morgridge are the president and vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation, which invests in transformative gifts in education, conservation, health and wellness, and the arts, seeking to spark innovation and fuel transformation.
AEI Resident Fellow Andy Smarick will be the first scholar to hold the position. His work at AEI focuses on how we can better serve disadvantaged students through education reform. Mr. Smarick came to AEI from Bellwether Education Partners Policy and Thought Leadership practice. Previously, he was the Bernard Lee Schwartz Senior Policy Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and served as the New Jersey deputy commissioner of education, as the deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Education, and at the White House Domestic Policy Council. He has also worked in Congress and the Maryland state legislature and is president of the Maryland State Board of Education.
“My colleagues and I are enormously grateful to John and Carrie Morgridge for their generosity and commitment to AEI,” said Dr. Brooks. “Over the past three years, their pioneering support of Robert Doar’s chair and AEI’s research on poverty has empowered us to study and develop policies to better support and empower the most vulnerable Americans.
The link between poverty relief and education is clear. AEI is honored to begin this new chapter and proud to welcome Andy Smarick as our first Morgridge Fellow in Education Studies. He will work alongside Robert and all of our scholars who study how best to defend human dignity and expand human potential for everyone.”
“The Morgridge Family Foundation seeks to invest in projects that disrupt the status quo,” said Mrs. Morgridge. “Our investment with Robert Doar over the past three years at AEI has been a remarkable success. There is clear evidence that education helps develop a road out of poverty. By funding both poverty and education fellows, we hope they can combine their expertise to help bring about stronger policy recommendations to better aid vulnerable Americans.”
“I am honored to be named the Morgridge Fellow in Education Studies,” said Mr. Smarick. “I look forward to working alongside Robert and my AEI Education colleagues to support and promote innovative ideas and reforms that will provide all students with the greatest opportunities to succeed, in particular by reforming traditional educational pathways to enhance economic mobility and prepare people for work at all stages of life. I am grateful to John and Carrie Morgridge for their support.”
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