Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) proudly congratulates Lawrence W. Reed and Joseph G. Lehman for assuming new status. Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Mackinac
Reed said he will have ongoing responsibilities with the Center and remain a member of its board of directors. At the same time, he will assume the presidency of the oldest free-market think tank in the United States, the Foundation for Economic Education.
“Larry’s new role is the perfect way for him to provide continuing guidance for the institution he’s helped build for 20 years, while reaching an even broader audience,” said Richard McLellan, a founding Mackinac Center board member who continues to serve on the board.
Under Reed’s leadership, the Mackinac
Reed also was pleased with the board’s selection of Lehman. “Joe Lehman is my number one choice as successor,” Reed said. “No one is better qualified and the transition will be as seamless and natural as one could imagine. I look forward to continuing our close partnership as he leads the Center into the future.”
The board acknowledged that Lehman, who first joined the Mackinac Center staff in 1995 as director of communications, had the experience and expertise to continue to advance the Center as one of the premier free-market think tanks in the country and as a leading institution in the freedom movement.
“Joe Lehman was the board’s enthusiastic and unanimous choice,” said Joseph Olson, chairman of the board and another founding member. “He’s known throughout the country for his expertise in think tank management.”
Prior to his public policy career, Lehman was an engineer and project manager at The Dow Chemical Co. Lehman served as vice president for communications at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and in 2000 returned to the
“There’s no better think tank job in the country, and there’s no state that needs our free-market ideas more than Michigan,” said Lehman. “We will continue to show how to fix
Twenty years ago, the Mackinac Center began with an $80,000 budget and two employees. Today the Center has a more than $4 million budget and 30 employees. The Center’s influence and impact have grown correspondingly. Through scholarly studies and educational programs, the Center has expanded school choice, become the main resource in the state for privatization information and furthered collective bargaining reforms, among other things.
Prior to becoming president of the Mackinac Center, Reed taught economics at
Reed was a member of FEE’s Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2001, serving as chairman for three years.
The Mackinac Center will officially celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Nov. 11 gala at the Kellogg Hotel and
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