Gatton’s new MS Finance program is pleased to report that all 22 students who planned to finish the program in one year successfully graduated on May 4th. The program celebrated this marked achievement by hosting an inaugural graduating class banquet for the students and their loved ones in Woodward, coordinated by Michelle Lowe and team. Smiles of accomplishment and pride were present all around the room as Director Dr. Mark Liu expressed, “One year ago, there was no University of Kentucky MS Finance program.

With the generous support of PNC Bank and John Gohmann, the department hosted the 3rd annual PNC - Kentucky Finance Conference on April 26-28.

The conference received more than 300 submissions from 20 different countries and 35 different states. With only 12 papers being included on the final program, the acceptance rate of less than 4% places the conference in a similar class as the most exclusive finance journals in the world. In addition to our keynote speaker, Laura Starks from UT Austin, conference attendees included faculty from Wharton, UCLA, MIT, Yale, and Columbia.

Congratulations to Leonce Bargeron and Will Gerken who were both promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Finance & Quantitative Methods.

The Gatton College of Business and Economics is proud to announce the results from the first University of Kentucky stock pitch competition. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and the Gatton College, the competition was open to all students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or master’s-level programs at the University of Kentucky. The faculty advisors of the Finance Society, the Economics Society, and the Wildcat Investment Club (Wendy Liu, Darshak Patel, and Will Gerken) jointly organized the competition.

On Monday April 9th, the Herald-Leader is running a story based on Will Gerken's recent HBR article (co-authored with Steve Dimmock), "How One Bad Employee Can Corrupt a Whole Team". The full-length podcast will be available on and features will air on on WEKU at 7:45 a.m., 1:34 p.m. and 5:45 p.m also on Monday April 9th.

Kristine Hankins will be presenting ‘Do Firms Hedge During Distress?’ at the Stockholm School of Economics on May 17. The paper is co-authored with Heitor Almeida (Illinois, NBER) and Ryan Williams (Arizona).

Kristine Hankins will be presenting "Do Firms Hedge During Distress?" at the University of Nebraska on April 12.  The paper is co-authored with Heitor Almeida (Illinois, NBER) and Ryan Williams (Arizona).

Will Gerken was interviewed for NPR's Marketplace on March 15, 2018 for a piece entitled "How one shady employee can poison the workplace."  The podcast version is available online at 

Ram Pakath’s paper, “Business Social Media Analytics: Characterization and Conceptual Framework,” jointly authored with Clyde W. Holsapple and Shih-Hui-Hsiao, has been accepted for publication at Decision Support Systems.

Gatton College of Business and Economics senior finance majors Tyler May, Joseph Back and Joy Gilfillan brought home the grand prize at this year’s national stock pitch competition hosted recently by the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. The competition brings students together with leaders from the investment community to showcase their skills in equity research and fundamental analysis, and to pitch stocks and get industry pros to evaluate them and give feedback on their work.