John A. Allison IV

John A. Allison IV

Executive in Residence and Executive Council

Chairman and CEO, BB&T Corporation (retired)
President and CEO, Cato Institute (retired) | |

John Allison founded the Center for the Study of Capitalism more than 20 years ago and has been an executive-in-residence with the Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University since November 1, 2015. His primary roles are to mentor students, guest-lecture in classes, and hold public lectures. Mr. Allison has helped foster Wake Forest’s student-centered educational mission. His leadership has been invaluable in helping the CSC implement its mission of critically evaluating the role of capitalism in a humane and just society. His extensive real-world experience in business and banking has enabled him to provide insight to students into the crucial role honorable business plays in fostering a prosperous society. Prior to his current position, Mr. Allison was the CEO of the Cato Institute following a career at BB&T Bank that culminated in his outstanding tenure as chairman and CEO.

Mr. Allison is actively engaged with Center leadership to help define and support the Center’s mission.

More information regarding Mr. Allison and his media availability should be directed to the Marketing and Communications Team in the Wake Forest University School of Business.