Wright leaving FTC to return to George Mason

After two-and-a-half years at the US Federal Trade Commission, Republican Commissioner Joshua Wright is stepping down to return to academia.

Wright, who announced his departure Monday, will return to George Mason University Law School beginning Aug. 24, where he will become director of the school’s Global Antitrust Institute.

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