Five longtime Terry College of Business faculty members were recently appointed to
privately endowed chairs or professorships.
- Christopher Cornwell, a professor and head of the Economics Department, was named to the Simon S. Selig
Jr. Chair for Economic Growth. His scholarship falls into three areas – applied econometrics,
labor economics and economics of education – and he has made significant contributions
to each. Cornwell joined the department in 1988 and has served as its head since 2008.
He also holds an adjunct appointment in UGA’s Department of Public Administration
and Policy and is a senior fellow in the university’s Institute of Higher Education.
- Stuart Gillan, at Terry since 2011, was named the Mercer W. Hull Professor in Finance. He has written
and published extensively on corporate finance and corporate governance. He has served
as co-editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance, associate editor at the Review of Financial Studies and is on the editorial boards of Accounting and Finance and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. His experience includes time as associate chief economist at the Securities and
Exchange Commission and a research economist at TIAA-CREF. He has taught extensively
in Terry’s EMBA, MBA and undergraduate programs and received the Hugh O. Nourse Outstanding
MBA Teacher Award in 2012.
- Scott Graffin, a professor in the Management Department since 2006, was named the Synovus Chair
in Servant Leadership. His research focuses on how CEOs, top management teams and
corporate boards shape organizational actions. He recently served as an associate
editor for the Academy of Management Journal, is a research fellow for the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and
was elected to the executive committee of the Strategic Management Society. He received
Terry’s 2017 Research Excellence Award, given to tenure-track faculty for superior
research published in the past five years.
- William Lastrapes, a member of the economics faculty since 1990, was named the Bernard B. and Eugenia
A. Ramsey Chair of Private Enterprise. An expert in monetary economics and time series
econometrics, he is editor of the Journal of Macroeconomics and served as head of the Economics Department from 2002 to 2008. He has twice been
awarded the department’s Kamerschen-Hampton Outstanding Research Award.
- Tao Shu, who joined the Finance Department in 2007, was named the Bradford McFadden Professor
of Personal Financial Management. He is an expert in empirical asset pricing, institutional
and individual investors, behavioral finance, corporate finance and financial accounting. He has received funding support from the Terry-Sanford Research
Award four times and was given the Hugh O. Nourse Outstanding MBA Teacher Award in 2013.