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Department of Economics and Finance

College of Business and Technology

William J. Trainor
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William J. Trainor 


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 in 2007.

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 a rock.

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