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Sam Evans
Associate Professor of Economics, Director King Institute of Regional Economic Studies (KIRES)


I came to academia in the late 1990’s after a 30 year career in business and the federal government.My professional career may be summarized as one of research and writing. I owe a great deal to my professors at Virginia Tech who trained me in research methodology, in the presentation of research results and, most important of all, prepared me to be educated. My education began with my first professional job, as a statistician at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, VA, and it continues today as a teacher at King University.

I teach economics and statistics in the undergraduate and MBA programs and operations management in the MBA program. I bring my professional experience into the classroom as my courses emphasize problem-solving and writing for the workplace.

My role as director of the King Institute For Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) has allowed me to extend my career in research and writing. With the help of the University press office, the KIRES reports are reaching a wide audience throughout the region served by King University.

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Virginia Tech, 1975
  • B.S., Economics, Virginia Tech, 1964
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