Scott Besley is currently an Associate Professor and Department Chair at the
University of South Florida, he has been with the University since 1984. Dr.
Besley received his Doctorate from the Florida State University in 1984, majoring
in Finance with a minor in Investments.
Dr. Besley served as President of the Southern Finance Association (2002) where he has also served as the VP of Program (2001) and VP of Arrangements (1995). He is also active in the Financial Management Association (Program Committee Member since 1985) and the Eastern Finance Association (Committee Member). Dr.
Besley is active in several local organizations including the Academy of Finance
of Hillsborough County Schools, the Investment Oversight Committee for the Pinellas County School Board, and the Financial Analysts Society of Tampa Bay.
Dr. Eugene F. Brigham is a Graduate Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he has taught since 1971. Dr. Brigham received his MBA and PhD from the University of California-Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Brigham held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California-Los Angeles.
Dr. Brigham has served as president of the Financial Management Association, and he has written more than the 40 journal articles on the cost of capital, capital structure, and other aspects of financial management. The ten textbooks on managerial finance and managerial economics of which he is the author or co-author are used at more than 1,000 universities in the United States, and they have been translated into 11 languages for worldwide use. He has testified in numerous electric, gas, and telephone rate cases at both the federal and state levels. He has served as a consultant to many corporations and government agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the U.S. Office of Telecommunications Policy, and the RAND Corporation.
Dr. Brigham continues to teach, consult, and do research, as well as continue his work on textbooks. He spends his spare time on the golf course and with his family and two dogs, Geoff (after Geoffrey Chaucer) and Chocolate Chip. He also enjoys outdoor adventure activities and recently returned from a biking trip in Alaska, where he and his daughter biked nearly 300 miles in a week and took a 15-mile, seven-hour hike up a 14,240-foot peak. He was glad to get back to textbooks!