Business Alum Makes Time Magazine’s 2009 “100 Most Influential” List

May 6, 2009 — Dr. Roland G. Fryer Jr. (BBA ‘98), was honored by Time magazine in its 2009 “The World’s Most Influential People" list. The magazine’s annual list features 100 people who most affect the world.

Dr. Fryer is a professor of economics at Harvard University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a former junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. In 2008, Dr. Fryer became the youngest African-American to receive tenure from Harvard. In addition to teaching, Dr. Fryer is CEO of Harvard’s Education Innovation Laboratory, a research and development consortium of scholars devoted to improving education in America. He also served as Chief Equality Officer for the New York City Department of Education in 2007 and 2008.

Dr. Fryer, 31, graduated from high school in 1996 and, at age 17, entered UT Arlington with an athletic scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude with his economics degree in 2 1/2 years and then finished his master’s and doctoral degrees at Penn State University in three years.

Dr. Fryer has been honored by Fortune magazine in its “Most Influential Minorities” list. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Business Week, and The Washington Post.

Read Dr. Fryer’s feature from Time magazine online.