Longtime Georgetown McDonough faculty member Rohan Williamson has been appointed the new Vice Provost for Education as of June 1, 2020. Williamson will succeed Randy Bass, who served the office for two terms and will continue in a campus-wide senior leadership role in innovation and institutional change.
In this new role, Williamson’s primary focus will be enhancing the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students on the university’s Main Campus. He will help transform education through innovative programs and initiatives that advance the value and uniqueness of the Georgetown experience.
As a Professor of Finance and Bolton Sullivan and Thomas A. Dean Chair of International Business, Williamson specializes in international finance, corporate governance, corporate investment decisions, and risk management.
Over the last two decades, Williamson has played an integral role in the growth and development of Georgetown McDonough, including serving as the school’s interim dean for the 2016-2017 academic year. He also has served on numerous university committees and is a member of the Internal Advisory Committee for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University Committee on Rank and Tenure (UCRT). He was the longest-serving area coordinator of finance for the Academic Leadership Council (2004-2009, 2011-2014) and also was chair of the MBA Curriculum Design Committee and Georgetown McDonough’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors for TIAA Bank.
Active within 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.
Williamson has been recognized for his advancements to the field of finance—having received the 2003 William F. Sharpe Best Paper Award in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the 1999 Michael Jensen Prize for his paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations.
He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, an MBA from Clark Atlanta University, and both a master’s and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.