The interim dean for the Williams College of Business is Professor of Finance Stafford Johnson, who has been at Xavier since 1982. Roger Fortin, Xavier’s academic vice president and provost, announced the selection of Johnson to replace former Dean Ali Malekzadeh, who left Xavier to become the Edgerley Family Dean of Business Administration at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Johnson takes over his new duties on July 1 and will serve in that position until Xavier completes its national search for a new dean. Xavier will begin the search in the fall.
Since receiving his PhD in economics from the University of Kentucky in 1975, Johnson has taught at Central Michigan University, Southern Illinois University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Connecticut. He also was the director for research in the Center for Public Affairs at the University of Kentucky and was the research economist for the Center for Energy Research.
His current research focuses on option pricing, bonds and debt management, efficient gambling markets, monetary theory and international economics. He is the author of two books: Options and Futures and Bond Evaluation, Selection, and Management, and five monographs. He has also authored or co-authored 44 academic articles, appearing in journals such as Applied Economics, Journal of Financial Education, International Review of Economics & Business, Journal of Economics, and The Financial Review.
Johnson teaches undergraduate and MBA classes in investments, options and futures markets, and debt markets. He was the recipient of the Delta Sigma Pi Teacher of the Year Award in 1996 and 1998.