McDonough School of Business

Rohan Williamson

Rohan Williamson is Vice Provost for Education, Professor of Finance and the Bolton Sullivan and Thomas A. Dean Chair of International Business in the McDonough School of Business and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Williamson has played an integral role in the growth and development of the McDonough School of Business, serving as Interim Dean, a member of the Academic Leadership Council, as area coordinator, 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 University Committee on Rank and Tenure, 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. He is also a member of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Internal Advisory Committee. Williamson specializes in risk management, corporate governance, corporate investment decisions, and corporate liquidity. His research has appeared top academic journals, as well as practitioner-oriented publications. He has also 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. He has received the Georgetown University Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, 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 former chairman of the board of UNITY Youth Development, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that has impacted the lives of more than 2,000 youth through scholastic, cultural, and recreational activities in Silver Spring, Maryland, and surrounding communities. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Zion Community Enterprise, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation focusing on the Washington metropolitan area. Williamson is the Chairman of the Board of TIAA Bank and is also a member of the risk, trust and executive committees. He was formerly employed at Chrysler Corporation as an analyst in the office of the Chief Financial Oficer 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 of 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 2014 and 2018 Georgetown graduates.