Paul N. Ellinger is the Head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and a professor specializing in finance and accountancy in the College of ACES at the University of Illinois.
Ellinger received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois in Agricultural Mechanization and Agricultural Economics. He then completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Finance at the University of Illinois.
He later joined the faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in 1995 after three years as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. He has had undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising responsibilities in accountancy, financial management and financial institution management.
Ellinger’s widely published research efforts have concentrated on financial modeling, credit risk, performance, merger activity, and financial management of institutions. He has been invited to speak on economic and financial risk management issues before government agencies, academic conferences, various industry groups, and numerous consumer stakeholder groups. He has also been an invited participant in lender, banker, executive development and director workshops across the United States as well as Canada, China and Europe. He has received multiple outstanding teaching awards in undergraduate, graduate and Extension education.
Ellinger is a fellow in the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is an advisor for Vision for Illinois Agriculture. He is one of the principal developers of FAST software tools, a nationally awarded program that is designed to assist users in performing financial analysis, assessing investment decisions and evaluating the economic impacts of various management decisions.
He was raised on a grain farm in Livingston County.