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About Manuel Ayau (1925-2010)

Manuel Ayau passed away in Guatemala City, on August 4, 2010. He was the founder of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a leading private university in Latin America. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1964, he was its President from 1978-80. He sat on the board of directors of the Liberty Fund in Indianapolis, and was a trustee of the Foundation for Economic Education in New York. In Guatemala, Dr. Ayau entered politics as a member of congress from 1970-74, and as presidential candidate in the 1990 elections. Twice he sat on the board of directors of the Central Bank. He has served as vice-president of Guatemala's National Electrification Institute (INDE), trustee of the Philadelphia Society, and honorary member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. As President of Asociación Civil proReforma del Estado de Guatemala, he spearheaded a wholly new type of constitution for Latin America.


Present Rector Emeritus, Universidad Francisco Marroquín

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