American Enterprise Institute, an Atlas Network partner, announced that Robert Doar will replace Arthur Brooks as its next president. Brooks has served as AEI’s president since 2009. Prior to that, he was a professor of business and government in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
“I am thrilled that the Board has entrusted to Robert the legacy, mission, and success of AEI,” said Brooks in AEI’s press release. “I could not be more confident as we undergo this transition that AEI is well positioned for continued growth and impact with Robert at the helm. Over the past five years, I have been privileged to know Robert as a scholar, manager, mentor, and friend. He is an essential voice in our nation’s debates on how to reduce poverty in America and around the world. He understands that the key to our success as a nation lies in free enterprise, and, in the end, it is the only system that can improve the lives of literally billions of people at the periphery of our society — here and around the world.”
Doar is currently the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). His research focuses on poverty alleviation policies and providing opportunities.
“I am humbled to be asked to serve as the president of AEI, especially at a time when AEI’s work is as important as ever,” said Doar in the press release. “We at AEI share certain core values, including a belief in free people, free markets, earned success, American strength and global leadership, and a commitment to the rule of law and the United States Constitution. It has been my privilege to learn from Arthur Brooks, a scholar who has so ably made the moral case for AEI’s mission and a president who is leaving AEI in as strong a position as the Institute has ever been. I am grateful that AEI’s Board has entrusted his legacy to me, and I am proud to continue to work alongside my colleagues, whom I deeply admire and respect and whose work I have turned to not only during my tenure at AEI but also throughout my professional career.”