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Roy "Sam" Evans


Associate Professor of Economics


School of Business and Economics

Office Location:

Bristol Campus: 312 Bristol Hall

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"Not for the proud man apart

From the raging moon I write

On these spindrift pages

Nor for the towering dead

With their nightingales and psalms

But for the lovers, their arms

Round the griefs of the ages,

Who pay no praise or wages

Nor heed my craft or art."

   From In My Craft Or Sullen Art by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953).


I came to academia in the late 1990's after a 30 year career in business and the federal government.My professional career may be summarized as one of research and writing. I owe a great deal to my professors at Virginia Tech who trained me in research methodology, in the presentation of research results and, most important of all, prepared me to be educated. My education began with my first professional job, as a statistician at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, VA, and it continues today as a teacher at King University.

I teach economics and statistics in the undergraduate and MBA programs and operations management in the MBA program. I bring my professional experience into the classroom as my courses emphasize problem-solving and writing for the workplace.

My role as director of the King Institute For Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) has allowed me to extend my career in research and writing. With the help of the University press office, the KIRES reports are reaching a wide audience throughout the region served by King University. 


Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Virginia Tech, 1975.

B.S., Economics, Virginia Tech, 1964.

Recent Publications and Presentations

We have published 13 KIRES reports as of August 2015. The reports are available in electronic format at

Current research

The KIRES reports are ongoing, 2-3 per year. Future reports will investigate economic development strategies,industry analysis, the impact of trade on the regional economy and the linkages between the regional and national economies.

Courses recently taught