Madeleine K. Albright Joins the William Davidson Institute At the University of Michigan Business School

Former Secretary of State to Lead Institute's Efforts on Convergence Of

Democratization, Human Rights and Economic Development in Emerging Markets



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from William Davidson Institute

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Apr. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Joseph White, dean of the
 University of Michigan Business School and president of the William Davidson
 Institute, announced today that former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K.
 Albright will join the Institute as its first Distinguished Scholar, effective
 September 1, 2001.  The William Davidson Institute is an international,
 educational think-tank affiliated with the University of Michigan Business
 School that supports and promotes the development of new market economies
 through research, student education and business assistance.  For nearly a
 decade, Davidson Institute faculty and students have been working in Central
 and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam, Latin America and sub-Saharan
 Africa.
     "Economic development in emerging markets is heavily dependent on those
 countries' success in democratization and human rights -- no issue could be
 more significant to their long-term development and to our own future,"
 Albright said.  "My association with the William Davidson Institute represents
 a remarkable convergence of my own interests in developing economically viable
 democracies based on the rule of law and human rights with the Institute's
 extensive knowledge and expertise assisting governments, policymakers and
 firms in developing economies as they transition to market-driven economies."
     "We are honored to have former Secretary Albright join the William
 Davidson Institute," White said.  "She is a scholar and policymaker of the
 first order.  Her expertise in fostering democratization and institution
 building is the perfect complement to the Institute's expertise in economic
 and business elements of emerging market economies around the world.  The two
 go hand in hand."
     "Secretary Albright has experienced firsthand many of the economic
 challenges the William Davidson Institute works to resolve," said Lee C.
 Bollinger, president of the University of Michigan.  "On behalf of the
 University of Michigan, I am proud to welcome Secretary Albright to our
 community.  The William Davidson Institute and the important work done there
 is a point of pride for us all."
     Albright earned her doctorate in Public Law and Government and has taught
 undergraduate and graduate courses in international affairs, U.S. foreign
 policy, Russian foreign policy and Central and Eastern European politics.  As
 the Davidson Institute's Distinguished Scholar, she will chair an annual
 policy conference in Washington D.C.  The conference will convene senior
 public and private policymakers and international academic experts to discuss
 vital emerging market issues, including the forces and effects of
 globalization.
     In addition, Albright will spend several weeks each year in Ann Arbor at
 the Davidson Institute headquarters, located at the University of Michigan
 Business School.  There she will interact with students and scholars from the
 Davidson Institute, the Business School and the University of Michigan
 community as well as the Davidson Institute's global network of scholars,
 government officials and business and community leaders.  "Together, we will
 strengthen the Institute's outreach to policymakers around the globe who are
 grappling with the vital political dimensions of business and economic
 development," White added.
 
     About the William Davidson Institute
     The William Davidson Institute is a leading center of expertise on
 business and economic development in emerging market economies.  Its faculty
 and student affiliates are actively engaged in research, education and
 business assistance in transition and emerging market economies around the
 world, including China, Vietnam, Russia, Central Europe, southern Africa and
 Latin America.  The Davidson Institute's executive director is Professor Jan
 Svejnar, a Princeton-trained economist who has worked extensively in
 developing economies and advised policymakers and business leaders in the
 Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe.  With a global network of more
 than 150 faculty affiliates, the Institute conducts conferences and workshops
 on business and economic issues in emerging market economies, and provides
 business assistance to private firms and state-owned enterprises around the
 world in cooperation with the University of Michigan Business School.
     Founded in 1992 by Guardian Industries Corp. and named in honor of its
 owner, chairman and CEO, William Davidson, the Institute is a nonprofit,
 independent institute headquartered at the University of Michigan Business
 School in Ann Arbor.  It was established with a gift of $30 million -- at that
 time the largest gift ever given any business school, public or private.
 Davidson, a 1947 graduate of the University of Michigan Business School, also
 is the owner of the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association and
 Palace Sports and Entertainment.
     Mr. Davidson added, "My vision is that the William Davidson Institute will
 help forge a path for those responsible for economic change in transitional
 and emerging markets by providing the knowledge, methods and blueprints for a
 successful transition to a market economy."
 
     About Madeleine K. Albright
     Madeleine K. Albright served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001,
 the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.  From 1993 to
 1997, Albright was the United States' Permanent Representative to the United
 Nations and a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and National Security
 Council.  Previously, she was president of the Center for National Policy, a
 fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior
 Fellow in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs at the Center for Strategic and
 International Studies.  From 1982 to 1992, Albright was a Research Professor
 of International Affairs at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
 Albright earned her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and her master's
 degree and doctorate from Columbia University.  In addition to working on her
 memoirs and speaking, Albright is currently developing business opportunities
 and serving as chairman of the National Democratic Institute.
 
      Contact:
 
      Cynthia Shaw
      Phone:  734-936-2150
      E-mail:  wdi@umich.edu
      Web site:  http://www.wdi.bus.umich.edu
 
 

SOURCE William Davidson Institute
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Apr. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Joseph White, dean of the
 University of Michigan Business School and president of the William Davidson
 Institute, announced today that former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K.
 Albright will join the Institute as its first Distinguished Scholar, effective
 September 1, 2001.  The William Davidson Institute is an international,
 educational think-tank affiliated with the University of Michigan Business
 School that supports and promotes the development of new market economies
 through research, student education and business assistance.  For nearly a
 decade, Davidson Institute faculty and students have been working in Central
 and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam, Latin America and sub-Saharan
 Africa.
     "Economic development in emerging markets is heavily dependent on those
 countries' success in democratization and human rights -- no issue could be
 more significant to their long-term development and to our own future,"
 Albright said.  "My association with the William Davidson Institute represents
 a remarkable convergence of my own interests in developing economically viable
 democracies based on the rule of law and human rights with the Institute's
 extensive knowledge and expertise assisting governments, policymakers and
 firms in developing economies as they transition to market-driven economies."
     "We are honored to have former Secretary Albright join the William
 Davidson Institute," White said.  "She is a scholar and policymaker of the
 first order.  Her expertise in fostering democratization and institution
 building is the perfect complement to the Institute's expertise in economic
 and business elements of emerging market economies around the world.  The two
 go hand in hand."
     "Secretary Albright has experienced firsthand many of the economic
 challenges the William Davidson Institute works to resolve," said Lee C.
 Bollinger, president of the University of Michigan.  "On behalf of the
 University of Michigan, I am proud to welcome Secretary Albright to our
 community.  The William Davidson Institute and the important work done there
 is a point of pride for us all."
     Albright earned her doctorate in Public Law and Government and has taught
 undergraduate and graduate courses in international affairs, U.S. foreign
 policy, Russian foreign policy and Central and Eastern European politics.  As
 the Davidson Institute's Distinguished Scholar, she will chair an annual
 policy conference in Washington D.C.  The conference will convene senior
 public and private policymakers and international academic experts to discuss
 vital emerging market issues, including the forces and effects of
 globalization.
     In addition, Albright will spend several weeks each year in Ann Arbor at
 the Davidson Institute headquarters, located at the University of Michigan
 Business School.  There she will interact with students and scholars from the
 Davidson Institute, the Business School and the University of Michigan
 community as well as the Davidson Institute's global network of scholars,
 government officials and business and community leaders.  "Together, we will
 strengthen the Institute's outreach to policymakers around the globe who are
 grappling with the vital political dimensions of business and economic
 development," White added.
 
     About the William Davidson Institute
     The William Davidson Institute is a leading center of expertise on
 business and economic development in emerging market economies.  Its faculty
 and student affiliates are actively engaged in research, education and
 business assistance in transition and emerging market economies around the
 world, including China, Vietnam, Russia, Central Europe, southern Africa and
 Latin America.  The Davidson Institute's executive director is Professor Jan
 Svejnar, a Princeton-trained economist who has worked extensively in
 developing economies and advised policymakers and business leaders in the
 Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe.  With a global network of more
 than 150 faculty affiliates, the Institute conducts conferences and workshops
 on business and economic issues in emerging market economies, and provides
 business assistance to private firms and state-owned enterprises around the
 world in cooperation with the University of Michigan Business School.
     Founded in 1992 by Guardian Industries Corp. and named in honor of its
 owner, chairman and CEO, William Davidson, the Institute is a nonprofit,
 independent institute headquartered at the University of Michigan Business
 School in Ann Arbor.  It was established with a gift of $30 million -- at that
 time the largest gift ever given any business school, public or private.
 Davidson, a 1947 graduate of the University of Michigan Business School, also
 is the owner of the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association and
 Palace Sports and Entertainment.
     Mr. Davidson added, "My vision is that the William Davidson Institute will
 help forge a path for those responsible for economic change in transitional
 and emerging markets by providing the knowledge, methods and blueprints for a
 successful transition to a market economy."
 
     About Madeleine K. Albright
     Madeleine K. Albright served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001,
 the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.  From 1993 to
 1997, Albright was the United States' Permanent Representative to the United
 Nations and a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and National Security
 Council.  Previously, she was president of the Center for National Policy, a
 fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior
 Fellow in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs at the Center for Strategic and
 International Studies.  From 1982 to 1992, Albright was a Research Professor
 of International Affairs at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
 Albright earned her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and her master's
 degree and doctorate from Columbia University.  In addition to working on her
 memoirs and speaking, Albright is currently developing business opportunities
 and serving as chairman of the National Democratic Institute.
 
      Contact:
 
      Cynthia Shaw
      Phone:  734-936-2150
      E-mail:  wdi@umich.edu
      Web site:  http://www.wdi.bus.umich.edu
 
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