Bachelor of Science in Economics, University Texas, 1974. Master of Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1979.
Assistant professor economics University Texas, Austin, 1979—1984. Associate professor economics University Alaska, Fairbanks. Professor economics Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, since 1984, head, economics and finance, since 2004.
Vice president Lions Club, Ruston. Member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Married Linda Ann Dowling, July 14, 2001. Children: Telford James, Telford Joe, Telford Jeremy, Leslie Colwell.