Philip Friedman

Posted on September 20, 2019

Philip Friedman was a Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1984 to 1990.  Friedman came to UNCG from Boston University, where he had been Chair of the Department of Finance and Economics since 1980. It was during Friedman’s time as Dean, in 1987, when the School of Business and Economics was renamed the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics.  During his term as Dean, the School of Business and Economics underwent a major restructuring, made curriculum improvements, tightened entrance requirements, modernized computer operations, and established an identity in the outside business world. Friedman was born and raised in New York City. In the 1960s, while attending night classes at the City College of New York, he worked as a statistician and writer for Forbes Magazine. He received his B.B.A. in Economics from City College of New York in 1968.  After receiving his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, Friedman was a professor of economics at the University of Florida until 1977, when he went to Boston University, becoming chair of his department there in 1982.  In 1990, Friedman left UNCG to become Provost at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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