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Biography of Dr. Charles J. Zwick

Born in 1926 in Plantsville, Conn., Charles John Zwick completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Connecticut, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1950 and 1951 in agricultural economics. He completed a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 1954.

Charles Zwick taught as a lecturer at UConn in 1951 and a professor at Harvard University from 1954-1956. He then worked as Head of Logistics at the RAND Corporation from 1956-1963. His initial efforts there focused on logistics, and later, on research, especially on economic assistance and military programs in Southeast Asia.

He was Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget (now the Office of Management and Budget) from 1965-1968 and Director from 1968-1969 under President Johnson’s Administration. He has the distinction of being the only Director to balance the federal budget (until the Clinton Administration) under the financial pressure of Johnson’s Great Society programs to eliminate poverty and racial injustice in the 1960s and the Vietnam War. 

The photos below show Dr. Zwick (left) working with President Lyndon B. Johnson during his time as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget from 1968-1969.









After leaving government services, Dr. Zwick served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Southeast Banking Corporation until his retirement in 1991. At the Southeast Banking Corporation he oversaw its expansion through the peaks and valleys of Florida’s economy for 22 years.

President Jimmy Carter asked him to chair the President’s Commission on Military Compensation in 1977 to review pay, retirement, and military benefits. He was co-author of the so-called “Zwick Report,” a legislatively-mandated report for Florida government with ideas for the state to keep up with the exponential growth Florida saw in the late 1980s.

He is a past member or trustee of many corporate and nonprofit boards, including the RAND Corporation, the University of Miami, MasterCard International, Inc, and United Way of Miami-Dade, Inc.

His philanthropic impact has been tremendous. His $1 million gift to UConn’s formerly-named Food Marketing Policy Center – now the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy – has reinvigorated the internationally-known center and allowed it to expand its research with an ambitious agenda that includes studies on obesity and food policy, resource economics and land use, and food and agricultural markets.