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Professor Brad Hobbs Bestowed National Teaching Award

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Professor of Economics and Finance Bradley K. Hobbs won a 2008 Acton Foundation Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award earlier this month.

The award recognizes business teachers who excel in the classroom and ignite a passion in their students for entrepreneurship. Award nominations are made by students.

"I am honored to receive this national recognition from, and for, the people who matter most - my students," Hobbs said.

" I teach rigorous subjects but have always believed that they are crucial for understanding the way the world works and for making a better life for not only oneself, but also for others. There is ample philosophical, historical and empirical evidence supporting the connections between free markets and free societies and I want my students to be exposed to this."

Hobbs will receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Austin, Texas, to participate in the recognition ceremony Feb. 1. In addition, a student of his choice will receive $1,000 from the Acton Foundation toward his or her education costs, along with an all expense paid trip to the recognition event.

"Thank you for all your outstanding work; your students have obviously been affected by your passion and we congratulate you," Rick O'Donnell, president of the Acton Foundation, said in the award letter.

The award also makes Hobbs eligible for the $10,000 Entrepreneur Teacher of the Year Award and one of three $5,000 Entrepreneurship Master Teacher Awards.

The Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence ( is a nonprofit organization established to bring incentives, responsibility and accountability to business education.

"I am particularly pleased that the organization from which I receive this award is named in honor of Lord [John Emerich Edward Dahlberg] Acton and is a Princeton Review Rated 'Top-10 MBA Classroom Experience' in the United States," Hobbs said. "In short, entrepreneurship, finance and economics are relevant, interesting and fruitful areas for both teaching and research."

For more information, media representatives should contact Hobbs at (239) 590-7162 or

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