Gatton to Dedicate Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise

Posted: November 07, 2016

This Thursday, Nov. 10, at the University of Kentucky, lifelong entrepreneur John H. Schnatter, founder, chairman and CEO of Papa John's International, America's third-largest pizza chain, will present the story of Papa John's success, "Building a Business, Slice by Slice." UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will also formally dedicate the new John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Gatton College’s new Kincaid Auditorium.

Papa John’s has nearly 4,900 stores in all 50 states and 37 countries. Consumers have consistently rated them No. 1 in customer satisfaction among national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Schnatter and his wife, Annette, have been active philanthropists, establishing the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation which supports numerous education and community causes.

The John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise was founded in 2015 with a generous gift from the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation to the Gatton College. This research and teaching institute works to engage the university community and the public in a serious and sustained examination of the impact of private enterprise and entrepreneurship on society.

“The role of free enterprise is at the center of so many debates, it’s critical for people to gain a deeper understanding of how it works so they can be thoughtful participants,” said John Garen, BB&T Professor of Economics at the Gatton College and director of the Schnatter Institute. “This is a great opportunity for students and the community to hear insights from one of Kentucky’s — and the world’s — most successful entrepreneurs.”