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Dr. Benjamin Blair - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Benjamin Blair


Accounting & Finance, Department of

Synovus Center for Commerce & Technology 351

Education and Certifications

  • BS, Computer Science, University of Florida (1985)
  • MS, Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida (1987)
  • PhD, Economics, University of Florida (1992)


Professor Blair joins the Turner College of Business & Technology after a successful career in teaching and research at Mississippi State University.  He has been successful in teaching and conducting academic as well as contract research.  His main research interests are regional in nature.  Most recently he has examined how regional market conditions affect the behavior of retail gasoline prices at the pump. The chair was endowed to honor Sarah Turner Butler’s commitment to excellence in all things and to enhance the mission of the Turner College of Business & Technology that bears her father’s name.  As holder of the Sarah T. Butler chair, Professor Blair will serve as director of the newly established Butler Center for Business and Economic Research. The mission of the center is to serve the Chattahoochee Valley region by providing objective business and economic analysis.  The center will facilitate, coordinate, and be a focal point of the regional economic research and development activities of the University and the Turner College of Business & Technology.

Academic Areas

  • Regional Economics, Industrial Organization, Microeconomics 

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