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George Fenton

George in Wyoming for a three-day backpacking trip, with the Tetons in the background.

George Fenton was born in Seattle but considers Post Falls, Idaho, his home. George studied economics and math at Boise State from 2008 to 2012. He took in the Kellen Moore years of Bronco football, interned at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., and competed with distinction on the Boise State speech and debate team, including a 2010 national title in impromptu speaking. George was also a 2012 Top Ten Scholar and gave the 2012 commencement address.

“I’m most grateful for the lasting friendships I made with fellow students and with faculty,” said George. “The Department of Economics was a warm community where I could really get to know people, and we could explore our interests and ambitions together.”

“Another wonderful thing about Boise State is Boise – campus is a quick walk from the heart of the city and the confluence of Idaho’s business, political, culinary and artistic energies, all framed by the foothills to the Rockies.”

George in Edinburgh, Scotland, by a statue of Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics.

After graduation, George worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

“With my statistics training and economics degree from Boise State, I was well-prepared for the research assistant role at The Fed,” George said.  The starting salary there was about $60,000, and George had the opportunity to work under top monetary policy decision makers including former Chair Janet Yellen.

George is now pursuing his economics Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and his fields of research are labor economics and public finance. George was selected by his students as a top ten graduate student instructor in economics.

George, performing at the wedding of two Boise State classmates, Cameron Crow and Jamie Lundergreen.

“Outside of class, I’m a big music and college football fan, a podcast addict, and a grateful friend of many of my Boise State classmates and professors.”