William J. Trainor Jr., Ph.D., CFA is a Professor of Finance in the Department of
Economics and Finance at East Tennessee State University.
Dr. Trainor received his Ph.D. in Finance from Virginia Tech in 1994 and has been
with ETSU since 2006. He has also been a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder
since 2002. Trainor has published extensively in journals such as Financial Review,
Journal of Index Investing, Journal of Personal Finance, Journal of Financial Planning,
Journal of Investing, Atlantic Economic Journal, and Financial Services Review among
others. In 2007, he received both ETSU’s School of Business and Technology’s Faculty
Excellence Award for Outstanding New Faculty and the Faculty Excellence Award for
Scholarship. He was also an Academy of Finance Teaching Excellence Award Finalist
Currently, Dr. Trainor teaches Investments, Applied Equity Valuation in which students
help manage part of TVA’s investment portfolio, and Applied Corporate Finance in the
MBA and AMBA programs.
Bill is an avid runner, mountain biker, and climber. When not in the classroom or
working on research, he can usually not be found somewhere out in the woods or on