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Bahl Receives Honorary Doctorate At Commencement

by Rachel Heston-Davis

Roy Bahl-Honorary Doctorate

At Commencement exercises on May 12, Greenville University President Ivan Filby presented an honorary doctorate of laws to Roy Bahl ’61, regents professor of economics emeritus and founding dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Greenville University bestows honorary doctorates upon individuals who have excelled in their chosen fields, served God well and demonstrated high moral character.

Teacher, Writer, International Consultant

Bahl earned a degree in business and economics from Greenville University (then Greenville College) in 1961, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kentucky in 1963 and a PhD in economics, also from the University of Kentucky, in 1965.

He taught as assistant professor of economics at West Virginia University for two years and moved on to the International Monetary Fund, where he served for four years as a fiscal economist. There, he developed his expertise in the government finances of low income countries. He went on to teach at Maxwell School at Syracuse University, becoming the Maxwell Chair of Political Economy. He moved to Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1988, where he founded the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and led the school to a high national ranking.

Bahl has consulted on matters of finance with both public and private organizations, as well as city and state governments and federal agencies. He has served as a fiscal consultant to governments in developing economies around the world. Foreign governments regularly call on him to help resolve public financing problems. He has worked with international agencies including the World Bank, IMF and the U.S. State Department.

Bahl also enjoys a prolific writing career. His author list includes numerous books and scholarly papers, such as Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries, Fiscal Policy in China, Economic Growth and Fiscal Planning in New York, and many more.

Still Abides the Memory

Bahl’s undergraduate years at Greenville portended the energetic activity of his career. He participated in a slew of activities: 

  • Business Forum: Bahl was among the founding members of this club, which was dedicated to furthering students’ knowledge of the business world.
  • Baseball: He played on the team from 1960-1961.
  • The Papyrus: Bahl acted as co-columnist for the sports gossip column “The Bench Warmers,” which helped non-athletes stay up-to-date on athletic news around campus.
  • Romance: Bahl met his wife Marilyn (Seifried ‘63) Bahl of 57 years while at Greenville.

“Those years at Greenville were key to my figuring out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life,” Bahl recalls.


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This story was published on June 11, 2018

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