Michael Block

Honorable Michael K. Block

Chairman, Professor Emeritus | BASIS Educational Ventures

Dr. Block is the chair of BASIS Educational Ventures and an emeritus professor of economics and law at the University of Arizona, where he was active faculty from 1982 until 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts, and a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from Stanford University. He launched his career as a research analyst for Bank of America and Planning Associates of San Francisco and became an associate professor of economics at the University of Santa Clara in 1969. Throughout his career, he has been faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School, a fellow of the Hoover Institution, and served as director of the Center for Econometric Studies of Justice System, president of the Goldwater Institute for Public Policy, and a senior policy advisor to Arizona governor Fife Symington. Dr. Block is the former executive vice president of Cybernomics and a founding member of the United States Sentencing Commission, work he considers a career highlight. Since the late 1990s, Dr. Block has been active in charter school administration as the founder of BASIS Independence School and BASIS Educational Ventures, with schools in four states dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity.

A Marquis-produced video explores highlights from Dr. Block’s professional career.

Fortune Magazine

Dr. Block was honored as one of a select group of Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals in a Fortune Magazine feature.

Michael Block

Top Professionals

In recognition of his work in business and academia, Dr. Block was named a Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator.

Wall Street Journal

Dr. Block was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of a select few Marquis listees to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Michael Block

Marquis Who's Who

A national press release celebrates Dr. Block’s inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who.



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