Dr. L. Wayne Plumly, Jr.
Dean and Professor of Economics
Dr. L. Wayne Plumly, Jr. has an undergraduate degree in economics from the College of William & Mary and Masters and Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University. He has been teaching at Valdosta State University for the past 30 years. In 2007, he was inducted into the SIFE Hall of Fame. Plumly has received 10 teaching awards including the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' 1998 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, 2003 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, the 2004 Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Southern Economic Association, and the first ever 2004 VSU Excellence in Teaching Award. His research and teaching interests are labor economics, public finance, economics education, and the economics of education. Plumly has published 14 refereed articles and numerous other publications. He is a faculty advisor for the VSU Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) for the past 17 years. VSU SIFE has won 17 consecutive regional championships and finished in the top 4 in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2010 out of over 850 national teams. Dr. Plumly is married to Cindy Kay and has three children.