Lawrence W. (Larry) Reed is the president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Earlier, Reed was for first two decades President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, before becoming president emeritus of the Center. Under his leadership, the Mackinac Center emerged as the largest and one of the most effective and prolific of over 40 state-based “free market” think tanks in the United States. Further, Reed served a term as president and 15 years as a member of the board of directors of the State Policy Network.
Reed is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, chairman of the board of the Prometheus Institute, a member of the board of Just Facts, and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world.
In the past twenty years, he has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad, as well as five books. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. Reed’s most recent book is Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty. Since 1978, he has delivered more than 1,000 speeches.
Reed holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. Central Michigan University (CMU) conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration. In 1998, Grove City College (his undergraduate alma mater) bestowed upon him its “Distinguished Alumni Award.” In 2009, Reed was given a second honorary doctorate (in Laws) by Northwood University, US.