The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to share that President Roger Ream ’76 has been awarded a Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation 2021 Bradley Prize. This honor recognizes individuals whose outstanding achievements reflect The Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.
Ream will receive the award at the 17th annual Bradley Prizes ceremony on Monday, Sept. 13, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
“Roger’s commitment to developing the liberty leaders of the future has strengthened the ideals of freedom in the U.S. and beyond,” said Rick Graber, President and CEO of The Bradley Foundation. “His remarkable career has been dedicated to ensuring that younger generations understand and advance the foundations of a free society. The Bradley Foundation is proud to honor Roger for his work, which has touched thousands of lives.”
For more than 30 years, Ream has pursued his passion to advance freedom and free markets, building programs that have preserved and expanded freedom both in America and around the world. In 1991, he joined TFAS as executive vice president and was named president in 1998.
TFAS is an educational organization that is changing the world by developing courageous leaders inspired and equipped to protect and advance the ideas of individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic freedom in their communities and throughout the world. Under Ream’s leadership, TFAS has grown in reach and influence, adding international programs in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as expanding to offer year-round academic and internship programs in Washington, D.C. In 2013, TFAS absorbed the Foundation for Teaching Economics in Davis, California, and the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship program into its operations. Today, TFAS offers a portfolio of more than 20 academic programs, fellowships and seminars, and helps cultivate future leaders from high school to their university studies and professional careers.
In addition to his service to TFAS, Ream continues to promote liberty in all endeavors. He is a member of the boards of the U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent’s Leadership Endowment, Donors Capital Fund and the Foundation for Economic Education. He serves on the advisory boards of the Philanthropic Enterprise and TalentMarket. He is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Frank S. Meyer Society, the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE), and the Philadelphia Society. Ream served as president of the Philadelphia Society from 2009-10. In January 2021, the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service appointed Ream to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.
TFAS faculty, board members and staff join in congratulating Ream for this achievement and are grateful for his more than 30 years of service to the future leaders of the world: the outstanding TFAS students.
TFAS Chairman of the Board of Trustees Randal C. Teague says he is grateful to work with Roger in the pursuit of liberty.
“We are proud The Bradley Foundation has recognized the longstanding dedication and outstanding determination that Roger has brought over these past three decades to teach freedom to thousands of young people around the globe through the work of TFAS,” Teague said. “It is also a lifetime achievement award in that he has spread his enthusiasm for personal liberty throughout the other organizations which he has led and whose growth he has nurtured. The Board regards it as an honor to work alongside Roger.”
Founded in 1985, the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation supports organizations that strengthen families and communities, inform and educate citizens, advance economic growth and encourage self-reliance. The Foundation’s approach to philanthropy is guided by four core principles: fidelity to the U.S. Constitution with its principles of limited government, federalism, separation of powers and individual liberties; commitment to free markets; dedication to the formation of informed and capable citizens; and commitment to the institutions of civil society that cultivate individuals capable of self-governance.