Faculty Spotlight: William F. Fox, Ph. D.
William F. Fox, known by friends and colleagues as Bill, is the William B. Stokely Distinguished Professor of Business and the director of the UTK College of Business Administration’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Fox received his bachelor of the arts degree from Miami University in 1970 and went on to receive his master’s degree and doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Fox has used his academic training to pursue specializations in the fields of public finance, regional economics, and urban economics. He served as head of the economics department at UT from 1992-1997.
Fox is a past president and recipient of the Steven D. Gold Award from the National Tax Association. He has held visiting appointments as professor at the University of Hawaii; scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; and Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Fox has served as a consultant on a wide range of public policy issues in more than 10 states and 25 countries.
As part of Fox’s work with the Center for Business and Economic Research, he oversees a staff of seven other faculty members, nine full-time research staff members, eight graduate assistant research staff members, and two student assistants. The center focuses on conducting research on state and national economic trends for UT Knoxville, state agencies, and public/private organizations. Its mission is to “produce and disseminate new information in the general area of economic research, and in the specific areas of economic development, regional economics and fiscal policy.”