School of Business Hosts First Economic Summit

by Michelle Park '08

On Thursday, November 8, Azusa Pacific University reached another academic milestone as the School of Business and Management in partnership with the Scholars for Business Achievement hosted the first Economic Summit.

More than 800 members of the APU community including students, alumni, and businesspeople came to listen as politicians, economists, and scholars from around the world spoke to the APU community.

The all-day event began with a welcome by Ilene Bezjian, DBA, dean of the School of Business and Management. Keynote speaker Sir Patrick Duffy spoke about the relationship between the United States and China, and what the future of that relationship looks like.

Following the presentation was a panel discussion in which the other speakers had the opportunity to comment on and respond to Duffy’s points.

After a lunch break, Becky Norton Dunlop, vice president of external relations at the Heritage Foundation, gave a presentation about the current events in politics. Dunlop touched upon several issues concerning Americans including gay marriage, education, and the war on terrorism.

Richard Ebeling, Ph.D., president of the Foundation for Economic Education, spoke about faith and a free market. Next, David Henderson, Ph.D., research fellow for the Hoover Institute and professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School, spoke on the joys of economic freedom.

The summit concluded with a presentation by Roger Conover, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Business an Management, who introduced the new economics major, and addressed issues of faith and Christianity in economics.

“The Economic Summit was the beginning of many upcoming events expected from the School of Business and Management in the next few years,” said junior marketing major Whitney Holmstrom, SBA president. “Scholars for Business Achievement has been making preparations to expand the academic recognition to alumni and to local businesses in the Los Angeles region.”

“The summit was a memorable event for APU,” said senior international business major James Bezjian, SBA chief of staff. “This was the first time that organizations and academics from a variety of perspectives all over the world were under one roof to discuss economic topics concerning the future.”