UNCW Economist Woody Hall To Retire

By Jenny Callison, posted Sep 19, 2014
(William "Woody" Hall)
A longtime regional economic forecaster is predicting that his mind will soon be occupied with other things.

William “Woody” Hall, professor of economics at University of North Carolina Wilmington, said he plans to retire at the end of the current academic year, leaving a nearly 41-year career at the school.

“If you count the two years I spent at Western Carolina University before coming to UNCW, I will be two months shy of 43 years in teaching,” he said Friday. “That’s 52 percent of my life.”

Hall, who is senior economist at UNCW's Swain Center for Business and Economic Services, said he thinks only two other faculty members at UNCW have a longer tenure than his.

For years, he has conducted research on the state of the local economy and presented his conclusions and predictions at the Swain Center's annual economic outlook conference. This year's event is scheduled for Oct. 14.

“As the Senior Economist in the Cameron School of Business’ Swain Center for Business and Economic Services, Woody Hall is nothing less than a UNCW institution," provost Denise Battles said in a statement Friday. "His teaching and research involving economic forecasting has been stellar and is well known and respected throughout the business community in the region. During his tenure at UNCW, he has impacted positively the lives of hundreds of students.  We appreciate all that he has done for Cameron, the institution, and our region, and wish him all the best as he makes this transition.”

Hall said he and his wife don’t plan on moving from Wilmington, although their children live in Charlotte and Durham, and there will be more time in Hall’s life to visit them.

He’s not certain the paths he’ll pursue in retirement, but Hall says he just might turn to writing. He doesn’t plan on turning out tomes on economics. What he has in mind are the tales of intrigue and suspense that he likes to read; his favorite authors include Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Michael Crichton and Lee Child.

“I have some concern about what I’ll be doing,” Hall said. “History has shown that other people making this decision have had second thoughts, but I want to do something else before I peak. I’m in reasonably good health, and I hope to go out before I start to decline.”

Meanwhile, the Wilmington region can look forward to eight more months of spider graphs, bar charts and market trends as Hall continues to observe the economic landscape and make his wry predictions.
Ico insights



Are You Lucky in Retaining IT Talent?

Marty Cayton - TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville
Img 0621

Filing Taxes After a Loved One's Death

Karen Durda - Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
Jim ellis headshot 10311631058

Second Helpings:How to Repurpose Content

Jim Ellis - Signal

Trending News

A First Look At Independence Mall's Upcoming Transformation

Cece Nunn - Mar 19, 2018

Three People Named Fulbright Recipients For The 2017-18 Academic Year

Christina Haley O'Neal - Mar 20, 2018

Tayloe/Gray Expands Services With Packaging Expert

Christina Haley O'Neal - Mar 20, 2018

GE Aviation Invested $36M In Wilmington Last Year

Christina Haley O'Neal - Mar 20, 2018

The Grove At Live Oak Bank Wins Wood Design Award

Christina Haley O'Neal - Mar 20, 2018

In The Current Issue

Fort Fisher Aquarium Volunteer Honored

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher volunteer Rusty Burrow recently received the organization’s top volunteer honor....

Local Craft Brewery Events Draw Visitors

It’s no secret now that craft beer is big business. And as the number of local breweries continues to grow, they’re impacting the area econo...

MADE Winners - Manufacturing Category

For this year's Manufacturing Category, the MADE Winners are eland Industries, JCC Outdoor Products - Wilmington Grill and Manufacturing Met...

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with John Gizdic, CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Wilmington's Most Intriguing People of 2017
2017 Health Care Heroes