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Franklin Robeson, DBA

Professor Emeritus, Economics


Program: Online MBA

Emeritus Professor
DBA, Indiana University
MBA, Indiana University
BBA, Business Economics, University of Cincinnati
Area: Economics and Finance
Expertise: Managerial economics, information technology, networking, regulation, productivity

Franklin “Bud” Robeson is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He joined the faculty at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business in 1978, and in 1988 became the Hays T. Watkins Professor of Business. In addition to teaching in the economics and information systems areas, he served as the business school’s associate dean for academic affairs for seven years and as the university’s vice provost for Information Technology for eight years. He has also taught at Utah State University and the University of Maryland. In 1996, Bud returned to full-time teaching and research. His research interests include electronic commerce, regulation, and market studies.

While serving as vice provost, Bud was appointed to several state-wide study groups dealing with information technology and management. He was chair of VERnet, which was the educational and research network for Virginia, and one of the early member networks of the Internet. He also served on the Library of Virginia technology committee, including time as the board chair.

Bud has received outstanding teaching awards for both the MBA and Executive MBA programs. He was recognized for outstanding service to the business school receiving the Daniel Lewis Service Award and was named the Hays T. Watkins Professor Emeritus.

Bud’s consulting experience includes Landmark Communications, Media General, Washington Gas Light, American Gas Association, Chapman University, Columbia Gas, Edison Electric Institute, Ernst & Young, IBM, and Verizon. His consulting activities include executive education programs, economic studies, pricing issues, information technology, and competitive strategy.