Claar named Center for Economic Education director

Dr. Victor Claar, professor of economics at Henderson State University, has been named director of Henderson’s Center for Economic Education.

The center is one of six university-based centers affiliated with Economics Arkansas and the Council for Economic Education. The partnerships provide Pre-K through 12th grade educators with local resources needed to bring economic education to their students in a fun and exciting way.

Henderson’s center is dedicated in honor of Dr. M.H. Russell, who provided outstanding leadership as the second president of the Arkansas State Council on Economic Education from 1964-66. It was his belief that colleges should be the “fountainhead” for information on economic education, which led to the establishment of the state’s first center at Henderson in 1968.

The center serves schools in the following counties: Clark, Dallas, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Logan, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Polk, Scott and Yell.

“I look forward to this opportunity to empower our K-12 educators in the region to share with their students three things: the power of economic thinking; the value of financial literacy; and the role of the entrepreneur in creating opportunity in both the region and the state,” said Claar. “One of our past state mottoes was ‘Land of Opportunity.’

“I hope every young person will come to think of our state as a land of opportunity: a place to start a business, a place to call home, and a place to engage in creative work that will bless the lives of their fellow Arkansans.”