Jay Ritter

Warrington finance faculty member named UF Research Foundation Professor

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Jay Ritter, Joe B. Cordell Eminent Scholar Chair, was one of 32 faculty members at the University of Florida to be named a UF Research Foundation (UFRF) Professor for 2019-2022.

The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

“The UFRF Professorships recognize our most innovative and productive faculty, the best examples of researchers and scholars who have helped UF claim its place as a top 10 public university,” said David Norton, UF’s vice president for research. “Key to this recognition is that it is based not just on what they have done in the past, but what they are expected to achieve in the future. These are faculty who we anticipate will continue to generate cutting-edge research well into the future.”

Ritter has been at the Warrington College of Business since 1996. He teaches corporate finance classes at the undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. level. He is known as “Mr. IPO” for his research on initial public offerings. His additional research interests include asset pricing, valuation, investment banking and capital structure.

He received his Ph.D. in economics and finance and his MA and BA in economics from the University of Chicago.

UFRF Professors are recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publication in scholarly journals, external funding, honors and awards, development of intellectual property and other measures appropriate to their field of expertise.

The three-year award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 grant. The professorships are funded from the university’s share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.