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Rohan Williamson is the interim dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, as well as professor of finance and the Bolton Sullivan and Thomas A. Dean Chair of International Business.

A member of the McDonough faculty for nearly 20 years, Williamson has played an integral role in the growth and development of the school, serving as a member of the Academic Leadership Council, as area coordinator for finance for two terms over eight years, and as chair of the MBA Curriculum Design Committee and the McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Additionally, Williamson has served on numerous university committees, including the McDonough Committee on Rank and Tenure, the McDonough School of Business Dean Search Committee, the Graduate School Dean Search Committee, the University Mid-Career Working Group, and on the university-wide Diversity Committee, which published the motivating document for Georgetown’s diversity initiatives.

As a tenured faculty member, Williamson specializes in risk management, corporate governance, corporate investment decisions, and corporate liquidity. His research has appeared in top academic journals, as well as in practitioner-oriented publications. Williamson also has written several book chapters and presented his work at conferences and seminars around the world.

Williamson was the recipient of the 1999 Michael Jensen Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the areas of corporate finance and organizations and the 2003 William Sharpe Best Paper Award in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. His research is widely read and highly influential as evidenced by his number of citations, ranking 169th of more than 300,000 authors listed on the Social Science Research Network.

He has received the Georgetown University Junior Faculty Research Fellowship and the McDonough School of Business Research Award, and has been a Dean’s Research Fellow since 2003. Additionally, during his tenure leading the Finance Area, Georgetown was recognized as the number one undergraduate business school for finance by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Active in his community, Williamson is the founder and chairman of the board of UNITY Youth Development, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that has impacted the lives of more than 1,000 youth through scholastic, cultural, and recreational activities in Silver Spring, Maryland, and surrounding communities. He also is the chairman of the board of Zion Community Enterprise, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation focusing on the Washington metropolitan area.

Williamson serves on the board of directors of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB, where he is chair of the Risk Management Committee. He formerly was employed at Chrysler Corporation as an analyst in the office of the chief financial officer and Chrysler Financial Corporation, where he advised on matters relating to capital structure, investment analysis, business financial planning, and financial services.

Williamson earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, an MBA from Clark-Atlanta University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He also is the parent of a current Georgetown student and a 2014 graduate.