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C. Beth Haynes


C. Beth Haynes, Ph.D., is a full professor of economics in the Business Management Department at Brigham Young University Hawaii where she has taught principles of economics, intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, economic development, international economics.  She also co-chaired a study abroad program in Cambodia.  Dr. Haynes served as the Business Management Department chair for seven and a half years.

Committed to helping students fulfill BYUH’s mission, Dr. Haynes has overseen numerous teams of students conducting empirical research tied to the development of their home countries with focus on entrepreneurial ventures and the impact of foreign direct investment.  Data were collected in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Russia, Mongolia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand.  Her research has been published in numerous journals and books and presented across the U.S., Asia and Europe including the 2016 Babson College Entrepreneurial Research Conference and the International Council for Small Business. 

Dr. Haynes was one of only two U.S. professors invited to speak at the 2002 United Nations Forum on Business and Science in Beijing, an advisory meeting prior to the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg later that year.  Her long list of guest lectures includes schools such as the prestigious Foreign Affairs College and China School of Journalism in the PRC, University of North Sumatra in Indonesia and National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.  Dr. Haynes gave BYU Hawaii’s 2005 David O. McKay lecture.  At BYUH she has been a speaker in a campus devotional and at an academic convocation.

Some notable areas of Dr. Haynes’ on-campus service at BYU Hawaii include the General Education Committee (ten years including three as chair), the faculty liaison for the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee, co-chair and representative to the Faculty Advisory Committee, and member of the task force which authored BYUH’s first report on returnability.  She served as chair of the BYUH Academic Women’s Network for two years. 

Prior to her arrival at BYUH Dr. Haynes earned a B.S. at Brigham Young University and a doctorate at Purdue University where her dissertation focused on estimating the impact of inflation on non-market production levels.  She was a tenured associate professor of economics at Coastal Carolina University, a visiting professor at Christopher Newport University and at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School, and the recipient of two Fulbright Senior Scholar grants (University of Indonesia’s Master of Management Program and Shanghai International University’s American Studies Program).

Characterized by a student as a Renaissance Southern Belle, Dr. Haynes has served on a credit union board of directors, as a certified high ropes course instructor and been honored by the Honolulu City Council.  She has completed a marathon in each of the past eighteen years including a Mongolian mountain trail course with 7,000 feet of rise.