Larry Sayler

Dr. Larry Sayler

Emeritus Professor of Business Management

Year Started at GU: 1995
Phone: 618.664.6818
Areas of Responsibility:

Management and Accounting


DBA, Finance, Anderson University, Anderson, IN
MBA, Accounting, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
B.A., Economics, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

About Larry Sayler

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I like Greenville College students and I like my colleagues. Most Greenville College students strive to learn the material presented in the classroom and want to improve themselves through both academic and extra-curricular activities. They want their lives to be meaningful. Further, my colleagues both within the Management Department and throughout the College are high quality people. They frequently have significant non-academic experience which enhances their classroom teaching. Most importantly, they are earnest about their faith.

What attracted you to the Management/Business, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I spent about 20 years "doing" business and accounting before starting full time teaching, much of those early years with General Electric. I love this field. In the United States business and free-enterprise are the engines that propel our economic growth. Business provides the goods and services people want and need. And business frequently provides the opportunity for people to improve themselves financially. I continue to find management principles useful with my work for a variety of organizations - Member of the Administrative Board of my local church, Board member of Bond County Habitat for Humanity, Board member for Christian Business Faculty Association, among others.

Publications and Presentations

"Avoiding the Appearance of Evil: A Case Study," submitted December 2009 for publication in The Journal of Biblical Integration in Business: Business Cases with a Christian World View.

"Teaching Young Dogs Old Tricks! Management and Spiritual Lessons From America's Most Selective School - Clown College," submitted to Christian Business Academy Review (CBAR), November 2009 and presented to the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) annual conference, October 2009.

"Top Ten Life Lessons Learned at the Most Exclusive School in the Nation: Clown College, "presented to the Circus Historical Society (CHS) annual conference; Milwaukee; July 2009.

"Money Wise" column for Light & Life Magazine.

• "Estate Planning," November/December 2009
• "Planning for Retirement," September/October 2009
• "Financial Check-Up", July/August 2009
• "Identity Theft," May/June 2009
• "Credit Scores: Why Does it Matter," March/April 2009
• "Mortgage Mayhem: Count the Cost," January/February 2009

"La Importancia del Conocimiento: Y el uso de Nuestras Destrezas" ("The importance of knowing and using our strengths: Reflections from the Academy and the Corner Office"), published in "Conocimiento & Direccion."

Professional Affiliations

  • CPA-Certified Public Accountant, 2012. Achieved scores which placed me among the top scorers in Illinois for 2012.
  • Board of Trustees, Christian Business Faculty Association (Elected to a 3 year term, beginning October 2009)
  • Member, Institute of Certified Management Accountants. (I was the highest scorer in the world among the 4,000 people who took the CMA tests during the Spring 2009 cycle of testing.)
  • Composite GMAT score of 780, 99th percentile
  • Chair, Faculty Review Committee, 2009-2010.

Related Experiences

1995 - 1999 Chief Financial Officer, Greenville College

1992 - 1994 Chief Financial Officer, Moldex Metric and Metric Products, Culver City, California

1987 - 1992 Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, GE Crown Coach, a wholly owned affiliate of General Electric

1980 - 1987, Wide variety of financial assignments, General Electric


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