This week, Robert Doar became the 12th president of the American Enterprise Institute, one of the leading think tanks in the conservative world. Below is a transcript of an interview with Doar, lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
Henry Olsen: Robert, you’re taking over one of the most important institutions on the center-right. What do you want people to know about you?
Robert Doar: I come to AEI from working in responsible positions in center-right administrations. I worked for former governor George Pataki for almost 12 years in New York state and then worked for former mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City. …
I am a manager more than I am a big thinker. … My goal is to make us a collection of individuals doing interesting and compelling work and contributing to the public debate in a way that furthers our core values — which are free markets, free people, limited government, a strong American role in the world and economic opportunity for all.