NAME _ Ben Bernanke.
AGE-BIRTH DATE _ 56; Dec. 13, 1953, in Augusta, Ga.
EDUCATION _ B.A. in economics, 1975, Harvard University; Ph.D. in economics, 1979, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
EXPERIENCE _ Feb. 1, 2006-present, chairman of the Federal Reserve; June 2005-Jan. 31, 2006, chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers; 2002-2005, member, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; 1996-2002, professor and chairman of the Economics Department at Princeton University; 1985-2002, economics professor, Princeton University.
FAMILY _ Wife, Anna; two children.
QUOTE _ "The financial system and the economy have moved back from the brink of collapse, economic growth has returned, and the signs of recovery have become more widespread," Bernanke in a Dec. 7 speech.