Dr. Balcerowiczs academic background is equally as prolific. He graduated with distinction from the Foreign Trade Faculty at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw in 1970. He went on to earn his MBA from St. Johns University in New York in 1974 followed by a doctorate in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics in 1975. He has served as a professor there since 1992 and as Chair of International Comparative Studies since 1993.
Balcerowicz has received numerous honorary degrees from American and European universities. He received the annual Emerging Markets Award for the best president of a central bank in Central and Eastern Europe in 2004. Furthermore, in 2005, the President of Poland awarded Balcerowicz with the countrys highest honor, the Order of the White Eagle, for his unparalleled contributions to Polands economic transformation. In his various political and economic roles over the years, Leszek Balcerowicz coordinated the stabilization of Polish currency, and was instrumental in introducing the first stage of marketization in Poland.
Dr. Balcerowiczs evening lecture at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC, in collaboration with the European Union Center at Scripps College.