Barton College Academic Programs

The BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education

Featuring lectures from key figures in business, the BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education gives our students the opportunity to meet and learn from prominent leaders in free enterprise.

Generously established by the BB&T Charitable Foundation


About the BB&T Center

The BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education was established in 2009 through a generous grant from the BB&T Foundation. The Center’s mission is to promote a better knowledge of, and appreciation for, an economic system based on free enterprise. Activities of the Center include a major speaker’s program, workshops for teachers in economics, and other opportunities that involve Barton students and the Wilson community in examining economic issues.

Lecture Series

Our lecture series brings nationally prominent leaders in free enterprise economics to the region for a public lecture each year. Past lecturers include James Maynard, CEO of Golden Corral; Robert A. Ingram, retired chairman and CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; and John A. Allison IV, former chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation.

Student Debate

In conjunction with course offerings, the Center sponsors student-led debate on the moral dimensions of capitalism. The debates are open to the public.

Foundations Course

The Center oversees the implementation of the course “Capitalism: Implications and Applications,” which incorporates a variety of viewpoints on comparative economic systems.

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