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Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will be the guest speaker at the spring Knoxville Economics Forum on March 23. Bostic, who took office in June, is responsible for monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services for the Atlanta Fed.

Raphael Bostic
Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The annual event is sponsored by the Department of Economics in UT’s Haslam College of Business. The program will be at Club LeConte, atop the First Tennessee Building, 800 South Gay Street. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program at 8 a.m. The event costs $20.

Registration for the program opens today.

“The Knoxville Economics Forum offers a wonderful venue to learn more about economic and business trends from prominent policymakers and others,” said Matt Murray, professor of economics and associate director of UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research.

“Dr. Bostic will continue our tradition as he speaks about the national economic outlook. Anyone interested in learning more about our economic future will greatly enjoy his remarks.”

Before joining the bank, Bostic was the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC). He earned his PhD in economics from Stanford University in 1995 and was employed as a research economist by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors until 2001 before he arrived at USC.

From 2009 to 2012, Bostic was the assistant secretary for policy development and research in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition to his role at the Atlanta Fed, Bostic serves on the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee.

“We are pleased to partner with the Knoxville Economics Forum to bring such a distinguished speaker as Raphael Bostic to East Tennessee,” said Stephen Mangum, dean of UT’s Haslam College of Business.

“Bostic’s experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta makes him an excellent choice to discuss the economic concerns facing consumers and businesses, as well as the impact of recent state and federal policies on the greater community and region.”


Lydia McCoy (865-974-6086,