Bachelor, Berea College, Kentucky, 1985. Master of Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1989.
Visiting assistant professor University Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, 1988-1989. Assistant professor economics Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1989-1992. Assistant professor Department Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems, College Business and Technology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, 1992—1994, associate professor, 1994—2001, professor, 2001—2003, research associate Center Economic Development, Entrepreneurship adn Technology, 2000—2003.
Chair Department Economics Illinois State University, since 2003, interim dean College of Arts and Sciences, since 2009. Fulbright research scholar and senior specialist Institute Economics, Zagreb, Croatia.