Dr. Helen Frame Peters is a Professor of Finance and former dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. As dean, she administered and oversaw over 100 faculty members in the Carroll School that has over 2,100 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students. As a Professor of Finance, her current teaching and research interests are investments, security analysis, mortgage markets, derivatives, risk management, and corporate governance. She is a founder of the Center for Investment Research and Management at the Carroll School at Boston College.
Prior to Boston College, Dr. Peters has served as an investment banker, government regulator, financial strategist, and investment manager. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in statistics and a PhD in finance from its Wharton School.
An experienced executive in the financial services industry, Dr. Peters was Director of the Global Bond Group of Scudder Kemper Investments overseeing $150 billion in assets and a staff of over 300 world-wide. Previously, she served as the Chief Investment Officer of Colonial Management, responsible for $17 billion in equity and debt investments. She was formerly a Group Vice President of Merrill Lynch; Managing Director of the Union Bank of Switzerland and Managing Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
In academic circles, Dr. Peters has served on the Graduate Board of Overseers of the Wharton School and the Board of the Huntsman Center for International Research. She is a member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women, former Alumni Class president at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the former President of the New England Regional Advisory Board for Penn. She currently serves as an Overseer of the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletic Programs. Dr. Peters also taught corporate finance at the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, Beijing, China. In 2013, she was honored with Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Peters has been an active member of advisory and corporate boards. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Eaton Vance Mutual Funds, and previously served as a Board Member of BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, Trustee of the Spider ETF’s for State Street Global Advisors, and as a Public Interest Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. She is a frequent lecturer to university and corporate groups and has been featured in Business Week, US News and World Report, Institutional Investor, The Robb Report, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Biz Ed and other financial press.
Professor Peters and her husband J. Garrett Parker, Jr. have two children, Cole Parker and Kate Parker who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and three foster daughters, two from South Sudan, Aduei Riak, who is a graduate of Brandeis University, and Adut Ayuel who is a student at Brandeis, and Anna Nguyen, also a graduate of Brandeis.