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MC Welcomes Economist Harry Dent, April 21

April 13, 2009

American economist and best-selling author Harry Dent will speak at Mississippi College on Tuesday, April 21.

MC is teaming with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to host Dent at Swor Auditorium. The program on the Clinton campus begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

MPB plans to tape the show and broadcast it at a later date.

A California native, Dent has written seven books including "The Great Depression Ahead" in 2009 and "The Next Great Bubble Boom" in 2004. Another popular book, "The Roaring 2000s" was penned in 1998.

Some of his books have appeared on "The New York Times Best-Seller List." Dent also writes an economic newsletter that looks at the economy in the United States and around the globe. He is the president and founder of the H.S. Dent Foundation.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he also earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

With America's economy in the midst of a recession, millions of people suddenly out of work or seeing the value of their investments plunge, Dent's visit to MC is timely, school leaders say.

"Given the state of our economy, we want to take every opportunity to learn more from those who study the trends and factors contributing to the current economic condition," said Marcelo Eduardo, dean of the MC School of Business. "As a School of Business, we see it as our responsibility to provide forums for our alumni and business and community leaders to hear from a variety of experts on the state of our economy and its direction for the future."

Added Eduardo: "We are proud to partner with MPB to present this event and look forward to hearing Mr. Dent's comments."

The MC School of Business has invited a number of other business leaders to the campus this year from around the Magnolia State and other parts of the nation.

Recently, Kurt W. Metzner, the president and CEO of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, spoke at the School of Business along College Street. The system he leads is anchored by Baptist Medical Center, a 650-bed acute care tertiary hospital in the capital city.

Prior to his position with Baptist, Metzner was president and CEO of Horizon Healthcare in Milwaukee. He's been active in American Hospital Association councils. Metzner and his wife, Dianne, are members of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson and have two adult sons.

Photo: Economist and best-selling author, Harry Dent

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