William Bradford

William Bradford

Professor of Finance
Business and Economic Development Endowed Professor

PhD, Ohio State University, 1972
MBA, Ohio State University, 1968
BA, Howard University, 1967

Corporate control, financial markets, small and minority business issues.

Positions Held
At the University of Washington since 1994
Dean of the UW Business School (1994-1999)
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Maryland School of Business and Management (1991-94)
Chairman of the Finance Department at the University of Maryland School of Business and Management(1984-89)
Assistant and Associate Professor at Stanford University (1972-80)
Visiting Professor at New York University, University of California at Los Angeles, Ohio State University, and Yale University
Visiting Economist at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (1974-75)

Honors and Awards
Undergraduate Instructor of the Year for Finance and Business Economics (2007)
Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University (1985)
Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellowship (1987)
Federal Reserve Board Visiting Scholar (1981)
Mellon Foundation Fellow (1977)
Minority Business Hall of Fame, 2013 Inductee

Academic Service
President of the National Economic Association (1984)
Member of the Commission on Admission to Graduate Management Education (1987-90)
Board director for various financial and community service organizations

Selected Publications
“The ‘Myth’ that Black Entrepreneurship Can Reduce the Gap in Wealth between Black and White Families”, Economic Development Quarterly, forthcoming.

“Does Venture Capitalist Activism Improve Investment Performance?” Journal of Business Venturing, 2012.

“Venture Capital Investment in Minority Business” Journal of Money, Credit and Banking," 2008.

"The Wealth Dynamics of Entrepreneurship for Black and White Families in the U.S.," Review of Income and Wealth, 2003.

“The Issue Decision of Manager-Owners Under Information Asymmetry,” Journal of Finance, December 1987.

Financing Black Economic Development
, Academic Press, 1979.

Contact Information

Office:411 Paccar Hall

Mailing Address

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

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