Founded in 1986 with the support of David T. and Rhonda Chase, the Institute is dedicated to supporting the advancement of the free enterprise system.† The principle underlying the Instituteís mission is that capitalism can provide profitable business growth in a positive social environment.† In American business and industry, there are many opportunities for small businesses to grow, create jobs, and reward their owner-operator.† The institute promotes this concept by offering educational programs and activities about the free market enterprise.


Why the University Setting?


The location of the David T. Chase Free Enterprise Institute at Eastern Connecticut State University is no accident.† Eastern looks upon the Institute as an important community service for promoting the Universityís mission of teaching, research and public service to the business community.† The Institute offers Easternís academic community a heightened awareness, understanding and appreciation of American capitalism.† Together, the Institute and the University contribute their practical and theoretical expertise toward the development of the community and the region.† From University students to business owners, knowledge of the free market economy can help insure equal and enriched opportunities for all.




The Distinguished Lecturer Series


This program brings national policy leaders and prominent business figures to Easternís campus to lecture on economic and business-related issues.† Three times a year, speakers share their special experiences with students, faculty and the business community.† Presenters have included the chief executive officer of a major insurance company, the chief antitrust advisor to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors of the President of the United States, and many others.


Calendar of Events



The Visiting Distinguished Professorship of Entrepreneurial Studies


Designed to provide specially arranged colloquia, workshops and seminars on business and economics to the Eastern and Professorship brings leading academicians and prominent business leaders to campus through appointment to Easternís business faculty.


The Monograph Series


These publications, generated from speeches, seminars and workshops through the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Distinguished Professorship program, provide current information about free enterprise and economics to the academic and business community.


The Chase Summer Management Development Program


This one-week seminar for management professionals focuses on key functional areas of business as well as timely business issues. Presenters include leading academicians and business executives from throughout the country.


Senior Chase Fellows


Select business and economics majors at Eastern who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in the business community are awarded scholarships to be used during their senior year.† Under the guidance of Eastern business and economics faculty, Chase Fellows work independently throughout their senior year and present their findings at a colloquium held at the end of the year.


Junior Chase Fellows


Based on their involvement in school-to-work, Junior Achievement and other business-related interests, high school juniors are invited to the Eastern campus to participate in a structured program that heightens their understanding of our nationís free enterprise system.† Presenters and seminar leaders include academics and influential business and political leaders.

 Junior Chase Fellows


The Chase Medal


The David T. Chase Institute Award is given annually to a business professional who is distinguished in the social, economic or political arena.† Chase Medal winners have demonstrated professional success and contributed to the betterment of their community, state or nation.† Victor Kiam, chairman of Remington Industries and owner of the New England Patriots, was the first Chase Medal award winner in 1990.


In 2006 Ms. Gwendolyn Smith Iloani, CEO of Smith Wiley

was the Chase Medal award winner


Previous Winners


If you would like to know more about the David T. Chase Free Enterprise Institute at Eastern Connecticut State University, please call the Institute Office at (860)-465-5349 or the ECSU Economics Department at (860)-465-5239.† We will put you on our mailing list so that you can receive information about upcoming events, publications and seminars offered by the Institute.