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Financial services executive Helen Peters to head CSOM

(7-26-2000) Boston College has named Helen Frame Peters, an investment strategist and financial services executive, as dean of its Carroll School of Management. A seasoned veteran of Boston and New York City investment circles, and the first female to receive a doctorate in finance from the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania, Peters brings more than 20 years of professional experience and academic expertise to the dean's position at the University's second largest college.

Helen Frame Peters

Peters will begin her new role in August, succeeding Interim CSOM Dean Robert Taggart, who will return to the Finance Department faculty.

Peters had previously served as managing director of the Global Bond Group of Scudder Kemper Investments in Boston, where she was the first director and CIO of the $150 billion bond group with 300 employees worldwide. Prior to this appointment, she held the position of CIO of Colonial Management Associates, where she managed $17 billion in mutual fund investments. In addition, Peters served as managing director of Union Bank of Switzerland Securities in New York City, and as founder and president of Security Pacific Strategies, Inc, a high-tech financial service subsidiary in New York.

Her professional experience also includes positions as vice president and group manager at Merrill Lynch and as an economist and manager in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an AB in economics, Peters received her master's degree in statistics and her Ph.D. in finance from the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania. She has received several academic awards and grants, including the Rodney L. White Financial Research Fellowship and the Wharton Computational Center Research Fellowship. Throughout her professional career, she has remained active with her alma mater, serving on the Trustees Council and as president of the New England Regional Board at the University of Pennsylvania and on the Graduate Board of Overseers at the Wharton School.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, praised Peters as a person of exceptional talent and ability whose career experience and outstanding educational background make her an ideal fit for the Carroll School. "Dr. Peters has wide experience in the business world and she has a long association with the Wharton School of Management, starting with her days as a student and continuing now as a trustee," said Fr. Leahy. "I believe she will be a strong and effective leader of the Carroll School."

Added Prof. Peter Wilson (CSOM), a member of the Accounting Department faculty who chaired the search committee, "Dr. Helen Peters is an extremely impressive and articulate person who possesses high energy and a sharp intellect. She has a rich professional background with a demonstrated high-performance record of achievement combined with outstanding academic credentials. She has always been a pioneer, being the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in finance from the Wharton School, and being one of the first women to leave academia to go to Wall Street. I think she is the ideal person to lead and advance the Carroll School."

Said Peters, "I am delighted to come to Boston College because I think this is an exciting and challenging time to be involved in education. Throughout my career I have always enjoyed the interconnectedness between business and academics. I look forward to enhancing the connection between Boston College students and faculty and the business world, while focusing on the importance of research to teach students how they can best be of service to their communities."

Peters has spoken extensively on finance, investment and economics issues, including appearances before the US Senate Finance Committee, the Institute for International Research, the Institute for Quantitative Research and the Investment Technology Association, among others. Currently, she serves as director of the Huntsman Center for International Research. She is also active in the United Way of Massachusetts Bay.

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