Dr. Scott Brunger announces retirement

Nov. 20, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

Dr. Scott Brunger, Maryville College professor of economics, has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Brunger, who holds degrees from Yale University and the New School for Social Research, has taught economics and African studies at the College since 1982. His areas of expertise have included economic development in Africa and the U.S. automobile industry.

He organized and led several trips abroad for students and served as a co-leader of the 2006 and 2007 Maryville Outdoor Outreach Service Experiences (MOOSE) in Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks. He also taught the College’s Model United Nations Security Council course during January Term.

A former Presbyterian mission volunteer and active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Brunger also has been an expert on mission work and church finance, recently serving on an 11-member task force assembled by the PC(USA) to look at the recent recession and its impact on the church.

In 2006, he and fellow economist Charles Zech published Plain Talk about Presbyterian Giving, an analysis of data from the American Congregation Giving Study.

During his 30-year tenure, Brunger has submitted numerous articles and papers to various economics and African journals and presented his research at professional conferences.

In 1994, he published A Trade In Death: An Economics Murder Mystery in Africa, which he used to teach his students about economics, Christianity and the social fabric of West Africa. In 1997, he and Dr. Young-Bae Kim, a professor of political science at Maryville College, co-edited Effects of Japanese Investment in a Small American Community: A Case Study of Autoparts in East Tennessee.

Recent honors include selection as a fellow to the Salzburg Seminar for its session “The World Trade Negotiations: The Politics of Economics and Trade” in 2005.

“Dr. Brunger’s support for the mission of Maryville College as a church-related liberal arts institution has been unwavering,” said Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College. “Two important emphases at the College are church-relatedness and international education. Throughout his 30 years on the faculty, Dr. Brunger has made an especially significant contribution to the College by promoting goals in these areas.”

Brunger is planning a "Last Lecture" that will be held at the end of the Spring 2013 semester. Alumni and friends from the community will be invited, as well as Maryville College students, faculty and staff. Watch the MC website for details.