Steven Watts Millsaps, Ph.D.



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Steven Watts Millsaps, Ph.D.


Appalachian State University
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Patti Levine-Brown




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Professor Emeritus of Economics Steven Millsaps (February 7, 1942-), was born in Statesville, North Carolina, the son of Hayden Millsaps, a mail carrier and farmer, and Willis Watts, a textile mill worker. Millsaps received his B.S. degree with honors in chemical engineering in 1964 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He then served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1965-1967, assigned to the defense intelligence agency. Before returning to North Carolina State, where he received his Ph.D. in 1974, he completed 22 semester hours in an MBA program at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, while a student at North Carolina State, Millsaps was the recipient of the Monsanto Company Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Teaching Fellowship, and the Tax Analysts and Advocates Dissertation Fellowship. Millsaps served as a teaching assistant at North Carolina State from 1969-1971 and was a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University before accepting a position as an assistant professor with Appalachian State University in 1972. In 1974 he took on the duties of associate dean in the General College at ASU and served as both an assistant professor and associate dean until 1976. In 1977 he was promoted to associate professor of economics at ASU and became a full professor in 1982. Throughout his educational career, Millsaps has written more than 30 articles and books. Some of his published works include the following materials: • "The Economic Impact of the North Carolina Ski Industry: A Twenty-Five Year Review," with M. Evans, Frontiers in Southeast CHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Research, Vol. 7, No. 2, (2004). • "James McGill Buchanan's Contributions to Social and Economic Thought: Citation Counts, Self Assessment, and Peer Review," with G.C. Durden, Constitutional Political Economy, Vol. 7, 133-151, (1996). • 'Yugoslavia Divided: Nationalism, Ethnic Diversity and War," with I. Siber and D. German, Cross-national Perspectives on National Identity and Ethnicity, Vol. 4, No. 1, Russel F. Farnen, (ed.), Paragon House Books, (1994). • Economic and Political Perspectives on the Federal Budget Deficit: Proceedings of Broyhill Symposium on Economic Activity, with Larry Ellis, Appalachian Consortium Press, (1988). • Instructor's Manual to accompany Truett and Truett Economics, with L.T. McRae, West Publishing Co., (1982). • "Information on Bidding Behaviors by Major Oil Companies for Outer Continental Shelf Leases: Is the Joint Bidding Ban Justified," with Mac Ott, The Energy Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, (1981). • "Energy Policy and the Depletion Allowance," 1974 Brookings Institution Panel on Economic Activity, with E.W. Erickson and R. M. Spann, The Brookings Institution: Washington, (1974). Over the years, Millsaps has been recognized for his numerous achievements in education. He has received the Walker College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (2005-2006), the Walker College of Business Excellence in Service Award (2001-2002), a Fulbright Scholarship to Yugoslavia, University of Sarajevo, (1984), and a Trustees Award for Outstanding Teacher (1978-1979). Millsaps holds memberships in such professional organizations as the American Economic Association, the Southern Economic Association, and the International Association of Energy Economists. Even though Millsaps retired from ASU on December 31, 2007, he continues to do research and submit articles for publication. He is presently working on a number of publications: • "Exchange Rate Policy in Yugoslavia," with M. Strazicich • "The Freshman Seminar and Academic Achievement," with T. Cherry • "The Economic Impact of Appalachian State University on the Economy of Watauga County," with T. Cherry • "Oil Supply and Tax Incentives," with E. Erickson and R. Spann • "The Regional Impact of Appalachian State University for ASU," with T. Cherry and M. McGee Sources: Appalachian State University files. -Patti Levine-Brown

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