Dr. Neil Riley

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Dr. Neil Riley

WBSC Professor of Financial Management
Area Coordinator of Finance

Office: FH 232
Phone: 843-661-1415


Ph.D., University of Mississippi
M.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi
B.S., University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Areas of Expertise

Financial Management
Cash Management


Dr. Neil F. Riley joined the faculty at Francis Marion University in 1991.  He is a Full Professor of Finance, holds the Wells Fargo Bank of South Carolina Chair in Financial Management, and is the coordinator for the finance program.  Dr. Riley has taught corporate finance, investments, real estate, finance fundamentals, and health care finance.  At the graduate level, Dr. Riley teaches corporate finance.  Outside of academics, Dr. Riley serves as Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and provides consulting services in the areas of Forensic Economics, Business Valuation, and Investment Analysis.  His research has been published in various journals, to include, the Journal of Strategic Financial Planning, Business Appraisal Practice, Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and the Journal of Finance and Accountancy.


FMU has the lowest cost of attendance of any college in South Carolina, based on rankings from CollegeFactual.com.

Meaningful Academics

The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

The Right Size

The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


Students can walk our lovely, tree-lined campus in about 30-45 minutes, but most take longer because in a place this beautiful, you want to stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.


Francis Marion University has been recognized for six straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university. Read more here.

Francis Marion University is ranked among Washington Monthly’s “Best Masters Universities” in the magazine’s latest ranking.

  • FMU is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Francis Marion University is listed as the Best Ethnically Diverse University in the South by U.S. News and World Report.


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Mailing Address:
PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502
Street Address:
4822 E. Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

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