Jay R. Ritter

Ritter chosen as President of leading finance organization

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joe B. Cordell Eminent Scholar Chair Dr. Jay Ritter has been elected President of the Financial Management Association International (FMA). Dr. Ritter’s term as President begins in October.

Dr. Ritter stated: “It is an honor to be elected president of the FMA, especially so since the organization was co-founded by retired University of Florida professor Eugene Brigham in 1970, who was the FMA’s second president more than 40 years ago.”

The FMA is a non-profit organization that publishes research and commentary on important financial issues, hosts annual finance conferences at which advances in theoretical and empirical research are presented, critiqued and discussed, and brings together professionals who share a common interest in finance. FMA has more than 3,000 members worldwide.

Dr. Ritter has been involved in FMA leadership positions for more than 20 years. He served on the organization’s Awards Committee (1993), Doctoral Consortium (1999, 2001) and Long-range Financial Planning Committee (2007). He also served as Chairman of the Publications Committee (2007-10) and was Vice President for the FMA’s 2012 Program. He is currently on the Executive Director Search Committee. Dr. Ritter is also one of only 43 individuals—along with Warrington professor and Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair Dr. Mark J.  Flannery —to be named an FMA Fellow for his significant contributions to the finance profession.

Dr. Ritter has also published extensively in FMA’s leading publications Financial Management and the Journal of Applied Finance.

Dr. Ritter’s research focuses on Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), and he is one of the world’s authorities on the subject. He teaches corporate finance at the undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. levels. Before joining the Warrington faculty in 1996, he previously served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois, and was a visiting professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.