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Sam G. Berry, DBA

Dr. Sam G. Berry is a Visiting Professor of Finance at The Citadel School of Business. He joined The Citadel faculty in 2005. Dr. Berry’s primary teaching assignments are in Financial Management at the undergraduate and MBA levels. His Doctorate of Business Administration in Finance is from Florida State University. Dr. Berry is Emeritus Faculty from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. After his early retirement from VCU, he enjoyed visiting teaching assignments at Bentley College, The University of Richmond and The College of Charleston. During that time period, he also taught graduate finance courses for the Tulane University International Executive MBA program, with assignments in China and Mexico.

Dr. Berry’s publications reflect his preference for doing interdisciplinary research targeted for practical business applications. Some examples: (1) His co-authored article, “The Employment Beta: A New Criterion for Targeting Industries” appearing in The Economic Development Journal, Summer 2005, converted a well-known investment analysis tool, the common stock beta coefficient, into an “employment beta” statistic which indexes the employment volatility of target industries. This work has been used by economic development planners. (2) Drawing from his long experience of conducting executive development programs in the electric utility industry, Dr. Berry and Dr. William Sharbrough (also Citadel) published “Finance Training and Team Building” in the Journal of Executive Education, Vol. 10, 2011. This work chronicled how a finance training decision making exercise also morphed into a beneficial, informal “bloom” of effective team building. It was decided to formally integrate team building discussions into future corporate training programs. (3) Drawing from Dr. Berry’s experience as an expert witness in utility rate making hearings, he developed a simple spreadsheet model for his students to use in determining an optimal capital structure for a firm seeking to raise new long term funds. He then sought guidance from Dr. Iordanis Karagiainnidis and Dr. Carl Betterton (also Citadel), and that team’s joint efforts produced a more technologically advanced financial planning model. The model enables the student user to evaluate alternative mixtures of debt and equity financing and also measure the risks associated with the alternative capital structures. The authors have presented their model at academic conferences and their work will be published in the summer, 2014 issue of The Journal of Financial Education. The authors have agreed to the journal’s request to allow other professors access to their financial/simulation model.

Dr. Sam Berry’s professional consulting activities include: (1) serving as expert witness in electric utility rate hearings and hearings on the economic need for ultra-high voltage transmission lines, (2) business valuations for business sales, (3) expert witness on the valuation of lost future earnings due to unfair competition, and (4) writing a small business finance column for a trade association.

Dr. Sam Berry looks forward to continuing to combine his academic and professional activities and bring useful real world examples back to his students at The Citadel.


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Bond Hall #269

Telephone: 843.953.5170
Fax: 843.953.6764



D.B.A. Florida State University
M.B.A. Florida State University
B.S. Florida State University

Vita: Dr. Sam Berry

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