William F. (Bill) Ford, professor of economics and finance, holds the Weatherford Chair of Finance in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. His distinguished professional career in macroeconomics and monetary economics is notable for its achievements in both the private and public sectors. His commitment to teaching excellence, research and service has been exemplary and his students, academic colleagues, and industry professionals have benefitted from the breadth and depth of his banking and finance acumen. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, he received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Ford began his academic career in 1965 as a teaching fellow and instructor of economics at the University of Michigan followed by a stint with the Rand Corporation as a member of the economic research staff. He subsequently joined the faculties of the University of Virginia, Texas Tech University and Transylvania College, rising from assistant professor to professor of Business and Finance. In 1970 Dr. Ford entered the private sector where he began his stellar career in banking and finance. He served as Executive Director and Chief Economist of the American Bankers Association for five years before assuming a leadership position with Wells Fargo Bank as Senior Vice President. Dr. Ford was appointed the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 1980, a post he held for three years. Dr. Ford subsequently served as President and COO, Director of the First Nationwide Financial Corporation and First Nationwide Bank and President and CEO of the Broadview Savings Bank. He returned to academia in 1990 when he joined the College of Business at Denver University as Dean and Professor of Finance. Dr. Ford joined the MTSU faculty in 1991 as Chairholder of the Weatherford Chair of Finance.
An active researcher, Dr. Ford is the author or co-author of over 100 articles in business and academic journals, including the Journal of Financial and Economic Practice, the Government Accountants Journal, the Journal of Economics and Finance, Economics Bulletin, Journal of Government Financial Management, Tennessee Business, Business Economics, Economic Education Bulletin, Social Science Quarterly, and Health Economics among others. He currently serves as associate editor of two journals: the Journal of Business and Management and Business Economics and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Bank Funds Management Report. Widely sought after for his banking and financial expertise, he has provided consulting services to the National Credit Union Administration, the IMF/World Bank, Sri Lanka, and Telecheck Services, Inc. where he also serves as Senior Economic Advisor. He has provided expert witness and business consulting to RTC, the FDIC and numerous community banks.
In addition to his service as a board member and member of the Economics Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Ford has served as a member of The Bretton Woods Committee and on the boards of six corporations. He has made over 300 presentations to local, national and international academic and business audiences, most recently to The Progress Foundation and the American Institute for Economic Research. Having made over 500 media contacts and appearances, Dr. Ford is a regular commentator on financial issues of the day on nationwide and regional TV and radio business news shows including Reuters World Wide TV, Insider News, Fox Business News, CNBC and WLAC-Fox News Radio. He is often cited in news publications for his financial economics expertise.
Dr. Ford is an outstanding teacher recognized by his students for his instructional excellence and commitment to their success. His courses in Management of Financial Institutions and The Financial System and Economy are rich in experiential learning activities to insure that students are actively engaged beyond the classroom with the banking and financial industry. He is attuned to the needs of his students inside and outside the classroom—especially first generation college students. He has provided academic mentoring and business guidance to many students who were at risk of dropping out of college. He encouraged, for instance, one student to start his own business as a way to learn the principles of finance and then provided academic mentoring and business guidance to the student until the student completed his degree. The student graduated at the top of his class and had established a financially successful business by the time he graduated. The consistently high placement of Financial Institution Management program graduates also speaks to Dr. Ford's commitment to his students beyond graduation.
Dr. Ford is heavily involved in University, community and professional service. He has served as a member of the MTSU Faculty Senate, a trustee of the MTSU Foundation, and has been a member of numerous University committees. A member of the National Association for Business Economics, he has also served as an Advisory Board Member to the University of California, Berkeley National Center on Financial Services and a member of the Board of Visitors for Berry College.
An elected fellow of the National Association for Business Economics and the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Dr. Ford also served as MTSU's representative on the Tennessee Lottery Task Force and received MTSU's Outstanding Public Service Award twice, in 1996 and 2004, and the distinguished Research Award in 1998. He was named a 2001-2002 Outstanding Faculty Member in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business; and, in 2004, he received the Tennessee Board of Regents' (statewide) Academic Excellence Award for managing the Weatherford Chair of Finance's programs.
Dr. William (Bill) Ford is a most worthy recipient of the MTSU 2013 Career Achievement Award.
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