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Dr. Wilton E. HeylingerDr. Wilton E. Heyliger’s upcoming lecture at ETSU is entitled: The Role of  Civil Society in Africa’s Economic Development.  The lecture will be given on November 2, 2017, at 1 p.m., in the Quillen Room, which is on the 4th floor of the Sherrod Library at East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Heyliger was born in Guyana where he received his early education and completed high school at Cambridge Academy in Georgetown, Guyana.  He later came to the United States and earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Howard University.  His MBA was acquired from Southern Illinois University. He later earned a MA and PhD in economics from Indiana University. He has served as a faculty member at Howard University,   William and Mary, and East Tennessee State University.


Dr. Heyliger’s lecture is on:

“The Role of Civil Society in Africa’s Economic Development”


Dr. Heyliger’s work experiences are wide and productive. In addition to his service as a professor, he has served as an academic administrator.  The latter work experiences include his positions as Chair of the Department of Finance and Marketing at Norfolk State University and Chair of the Department of Business Administration at Morris Brown College. Moreover, Dr. Heyliger has been the Director of Special Projects and Economic Development in the Office of the President at Morris Brown College. Dr. Heyliger has also been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  


After 20 years as a college professor and academic administrator, Dr. Heyliger returned to college as a student to study theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind.  After he graduated from the seminary in 2004, Dr. Heyliger was ordained to Holy Ministry in The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  He is the founding pastor and current minister of Incarnate Word Lutheran Church in Tucker, Ga.   


Some of Dr. Heyliger’s scholarly works have been published in the Journal of International Education Research,, Review of Black Political Economy,  Review of Business and Economics, and  Journal of Small Business Finance.    


From his home in Georgia, Dr. Heyliger travels throughout the world. His most frequent visits are to East Africa, Europe, and Latin America where he conducts research and gives lectures.




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