Economist Roger Tutterow returning to Kennesaw State University

One of Georgia’s most prominent and popular economists — Roger Tutterow— is…

Georgia (Sep 5, 2014) — One of Georgia’s most prominent and popular economists — Roger Tutterow— is going home again.


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Tutterow is returning to the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University to resume his role as director of the Econometric Center as well as serve as a professor of economics. For the past nine years, he has been a professor of economics at Mercer University in Atlanta.

Tutterow will be rejoining his long-time colleague, Donald Sabbarese, at the Center.

The two of them were co-directors from 1994 to 2005. Sabbarese will continue to work at the center as director emeritus.

In an interview, Tutterow said he was tempted to return to Kennesaw because he enjoyed its entrepreneurial spirit and its stimulating academic environment.

“I’ve always maintained great affection for the institution and my colleagues there,” Tutterow said. “When the opportunity came for me to return and to work with Don, it seemed like a natural fit.”

“I have enjoyed my affiliation with Mercer University, and I’m grateful for many relationships developed there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business, was delighted to welcome Tutterow back to KSU.

“Roger’s expertise in financial economics and statistical modeling is known throughout the state and nation, and we are proud to have him once again,” she said.

In addition to his academic positions, Tutterow is often interviewed in numerous local and national media outlets. He also serves as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses.

“We look forward to working with both public- and private-sector clients,” Tutterow said of the Econometric Center. “Our commitment will be to provide objective analysis that looks to support good decision-making.”

Tutterow also serves as the chief economic adviser for the Henssler Financial Group, an Atlanta-based financial services firm.

Tutterow, 51, is a frequent guest on the speaker circuit, appearing before groups in 23 states and talking on a variety of business, economic and political topics.

In 2003, Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him to serve on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, a role he continues under Gov. Nathan Deal.

In 2010, Tutterow was named to the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, where he got to know A.D. Frazier, the former chief operating officer for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, who was serving as chairman.

“Roger is an asset to the state. He believes in what we are doing,” Frazier said. “He’s a first-class academic; he’s a first-class speaker; and he works his bananas off. He is tickled to be back at Kennesaw. And he’s as happy he’s been in the four years I’ve known him.”



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