Since its inception in May 2017, the BCSMEO has operated under the leadership of Timothy Mathews (KSU Professor of Economics, Director of the BCSMEO). Housed within the Coles College of Business' Department of Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis, the BCSMEO aims to inform people about the critical relations between free-market institutions, individual choice, and realized economic outcomes. This goal is partly accomplished by providing educational events which focus on: the foundations and history of economic thought; the impact of economic freedom; the history of global capitalism (with an emphasis on the United States’ experience); the role of entrepreneurs in a market based economic system; and the application of economic principles and incentives within firms and organizations.
Ultimately, the BCSMEO facilitates an important dialogue between students, faculty, citizens, and business leaders. This discourse serves to increase the economic literacy of KSU graduates, to the benefit of the broader community and society. Toward this end, the BCSMEO: organizes on-campus lecture and film screening events; supports student research; supports faculty research; engages in community outreach activities; and organizes ad hoc workshops and symposiums.