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Michael Kent Block

Title: Chairman & Professor Emeritus
Company: BASIS Educational Ventures
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Michael Block, Chairman at BASIS Educational Ventures, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education management.

In a career spanning five decades, Dr. Block has excelled across numerous institutions as a professor, a school administrator, a business leader, a researcher, and a government official. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1964, a Master of Arts in 1969 and a Doctor of Philosophy in economics in 1972 from Stanford University in California. From 1965 to 1987, he found success as a senior research fellow with the Hoover Institute at Stanford, an American public policy institution and research institution that promotes personal and economic liberty, free enterprise, and limited government. 

Dr. Block provided superior education as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Santa Clara, from 1969 to 1972 and as an assistant professor and associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey between 1972 and 1976. He then made an impact as director at the Center for Econometric Studies of Justice System from 1977 to 1981 and a partner at his own consulting firm, Block & Nold, from 1980 to 1981. Dr. Block was active as an associate professor of management, economics, and law at the University of Arizona from 1982 to 1985 and then a founding member of the United States Sentencing Commission from 1985 to 1989.

Dr. Block flourished as professor economics and law from 1989 to 2006 with the University of Arizona in Tucson. In addition, he served admirably as president of the Goldwater Institute for Public Policy from 1992 to 2002 and senior policy adviser for the Arizona governor from 1996 to 1997.

In the private sector, Dr. Block has prospered as executive vice president of Cybernomics in Tucson from 1991 to 2002 and since 2009 as co-founder and chairman of BASIS Educational Ventures, an education management system based in Scottsdale primarily serving BASIS Curriculum Schools, which seek to prepare students to be competitive globally through extended homework hours, lecture driven classes, an emphasis on success in standardized tests such as Advanced Placement tests and an opportunity to graduate early or complete a senior project.

Besides being a consultant in the field, Dr. Block has written several articles for professional publications, as well as co-authored the texts “Workbook and Programmed Guide to Economics” and “A Legal and Economic Analysis of Criminal Antitrust Indictments.” A fellow of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, he is also a devoted member of the American Economic Association. A proud father and grandfather, he plans on continuing the work he does for as long as he can.

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