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Understanding the nation’s economy seems to be beyond the grasp of some of the most astute U.S. politicians, but for Dr. Baird Brock, helping others to grasp difficult economic concepts was all in a day’s work for more than 31 years. After spending much of his life helping his students to understand concepts such as gross national product and the marginal propensity to consume, the professor emeritus is now enjoying his retirement.
A Central alumnus, Dr. Brock earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at the university, then obtained a doctorate in the same field from the University of Arkansas. He came to Central in 1969, seven years prior to earning his Ph.D., and taught at least eight different courses in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.
Dr. Brock’s knowledge and expertise as an economics educator opened the door for international travel during the summer of 1994. He served as a curriculum consultant for Citizens Democracy Corp at the International Academy of Business and Banking, Togliatti, Russia, and Modern University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia.
He was a consummate educator, but also an individual who worked for the betterment of the campus community as a former member of the Faculty Senate and the Senate’s Executive Committee, in addition to many other types of service.