Lieutenant General Robert F. Milligan, former Comptroller of Florida (the state’s banking commissioner and securities commissioner), will serve as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute. General Milligan served the State of Florida with distinction, including his reform proposal of the Florida Cabinet system, creating the position of Chief Financial Officer, which combined the offices of Comptroller and Insurance Commissioner by the passage of a constitutional amendment. General Milligan holds a distinguished record of 39 years of military service, rising to become a three-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps. After two terms as Florida’s statewide elected comptroller, General Milligan served as the Interim Executive Director of the State Board of Administration (the state’s retirement fund), Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate, and as the Interim Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, Army (Ret.) is a Medal of Honor recipient who also received three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars, and two Purple Hearts for his two tours of duty in Vietnam. He currently serves as a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Col. Jacobs is also the Robert F. McDermott Professor of Humanities and Public Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a member of the faculty of the National War College in Washington, D.C. Jacobs is also the author of his memoir, “If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America’s Time of Need,” which won the Colby Award in 2008, and Basic: Surviving Boot Camp and Basic Training, releasedin 2012. Col. Jacobs has also enjoyed a successful career in the investment banking industry, serving as a Managing Director of Bankers Trust in London.
Fred Tarter, President and Chairman of the Lakeside Group of Companies, is an entrepreneur and investment banker in New York City. Mr. Tarter is also on the Advisory Committee of the Scholar Rescue Fund and he is writing a book about the Bank for International Settlements.
Alan Neigher, a media lawyer in Westport, Connecticut, who has represented numerous clients in the news media by defending their first amendment rights, intellectual property, and arranging media finance.
William H. Becker, Chair, Department of History, and Professor of History and International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Professor Becker has written numerous books and articles about the history of business, business-government relations, and the institutions of the international economy. He is the author of The Dynamics of Business Government Relations: Industry and Exports, 1893-1921, which won the 1982 Newcomen Award for the Outstanding Book in Business History, 1979-1982; and the co-author of Bankers with a Mission: The Presidents of the World Bank, 1946-91; and The Market, the State, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 1934-2000. He is also a past president of the Business History Conference.
K. Austin Kerr, Professor Emeritus of History, Ohio State University, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Business History Conference, is the co-author of Business Enterprise in American History. He is also the author of America Railroad Politics: 1914-1920: Rates, Wages and Efficiency; The Politics of Moral Behavior; Prohibition and Drug Abuse; and Organized for Prohibition: A New History of the Anti-Saloon League. He is also the co-author of BFGoodrich: Traditions and Transformations. And he was the co-editor of the book series, Historical Perspectives on Business Enterprise, published by the Ohio State University Press.
David O. Whitten, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Auburn University, is the co-author of Democracy in Desperation: The Depression of 1893, which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine. Professor Whitten is also the author of Birth of Big Business in the United States: Giant Commercial, Extractive, and Industrial Enterprise, 1860-1914; and The Emergence of Giant Enterprise, 1860-1914: American Commercial Enterprise and Extractive Industries. He was the editor of Greenwood Press Contributions in Economics and Economic History; Wall Street Review Books; Essays in Economic and Business History; Business Library Review International; and Business Library Review: An International Journal.
Edward F. Keuchel, Professor Emeritus of History, Florida State University, is the co-author of American Economic History: From Abundance to Constraint; Family, Community, Business Enterprise; and he is the author of Florida: Enterprise Under the Sun. Professor Keuchel’s area of research has been the economic and business history of the United States.