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Pontiff named Cleary Professor

Chestnut Hill, MA (3/24/10) – Boston College Carroll School of Management Professor Jeffrey Pontiff has been appointed to the James F. Cleary Chair in Finance, Dean Andrew Boynton has announced.

Pontiff has taught at BC since 2002 and is an internationally recognized expert in finance and management science, whose research focuses on corporate finance and capital markets.

“Jeff’s research record is remarkable,” Boynton said. “He has broad interests, publishing in both corporate finance and investments, and also in economics and accounting journals.”

The James F. Cleary Chair in Finance was established in 1988 as a gift of 1950 BC graduate James F. Cleary and his wife, Barbara. The endowed professorship recognizes an influential scholar in the discipline of finance who teaches, writes and conducts significant research that provides insightful information to business and academia.

Cleary Professor of Finance Jeffrey Pontiff

The Cleary chair has a history of excellence, with the preceding holder being Professor Ed Kane,” Pontiff said. “I am thankful for this recognition from Boston College, and I aspire to maintain the chair’s research and teaching legacy, and to promote the visibility of BC’s top-notch finance department.”

Pontiff serves in leadership positions with several finance organizations and journals. He is an associate editor for Management Science and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and has just finished a term as an associate editor at the Review of Financial Studies.

Pontiff is the co-founder, president, and program chair of the Financial Research Association, now in its sixth year. The association’s annual conference is among the most highly selective in the country, accepting fewer than four percent of the research reports submitted for presentation to the group’s annual meeting.

“In this short period of time, Jeff has created the most selective conference in finance,” said Boynton. “The participants and attendees at the conference represent the top professors in the profession.”

--Ed Hayward, Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs,