grant.jpeg Former Director, Grant Black

CEEE closed in summer 2018 due to the university’s budgetary pressures and despite significant efforts by the Center and its advisory board. 2018 marked CEEE’s 40th anniversary. CEEE began under the leadership of Department Chair Elizabeth Clayton and Prof. Joseph McKenna in the mid-1970s.  CEEE served as the department’s predominant means of ongoing, widespread outreach.  Through the years, the Center was successfully led by department alum including Sarapage McCorkle, Mary Suiter, Barb Flowers, and Grant Black.  Over its storied history, CEEE and its staff received numerous awards for their significant contributions to economic and financial education (see the Summer 2015 UMSL Econ newsletter for details).  Since its inception, CEEE was affiliated with the Missouri Council on Economic Education and the nationwide Council for Economic Education.

Grant Black, who took the helm in 2010, served as CEEE’s last director.  During his tenure, Grant and the rest of the CEEE staff worked tirelessly to promote economic literacy in K-12 education as well as in the broader community through professional development for educators, curriculum development, student programs and other activities.  With at least 30 outreach events annually, the Center directly impacted approximately 3,000 children and adults each year.  Under Grant’s leadership the Center developed and maintained partnerships with numerous local, regional, and national organizations.

The loss of the Center is substantial in terms of its mission – promoting economic and financial literacy – and in terms of the many bridges formed with community partners.  What will not be lost are the benefits received by the tens of thousands of educators, students, and others who interacted with CEEE over its 40-year history.  We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Grant, Karen Hubbard, Nancy Maxwell, and all the CEEE staff who came before them.

Grant is taking a position as Assistant Director of the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University.  Karen, who was connected in numerous capacities to CEEE since nearly its inception, is retiring, and Nancy, the Center’s administrative staff member, will continue to work for UMSL on a temporary basis.