Finance Faculty Mentors

Victoria McWilliams, Ph.D.

University of Oregon, 1988
Professor of Finance
Office: BAR 2042; Phone: 610-519-4313
E-mail: victoria.mcwilliams@villanova.edu

Dr. McWilliams’ professional specialization is in the area of corporate governance and control.
A number of her works focus on valuation effects of takeover defenses and issues related to
corporate board structures. Dr. McWilliams’ work has appeared in prestigious journals such as
the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Dr. McWilliams has
distinguished herself for her ability to provide high quality, innovative business education, and
for her outstanding leadership achievements at various academic institutions.

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Gerard T. Olson, Ph.D.

Drexel University, 1988
Associate Professor of Finance
Office: BAR 2050; Phone: 610-519-4377
E-mail: gerard.olson@villanova.edu

Dr. Olson's current research centers on Corporate Restructuring, particularly initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, and takeovers. He is also interested and has published in the areas of corporate growth, credit risk evaluation, and mutual funds. His professional activities include providing expert witness reports and testimony in personal injury and business valuation cases in state and federal courts.

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David Shaffer, Ph.D.

University of Kansas, 1999
Assistant Professor of Finance
Office: BAR 2095; Phone: 610-519-5637
E-mail: david.shaffer@villanova.edu

Dr. Shaffer’s research interests are in the area of derivatives markets. Specifically, he is interested in the use of derivative securities to mitigate risks that firms face in our highly unpredictable and volatile world. His current research activities explore different numerical measures of risk and various hedging strategies that firms can use to reduce risk. He is also interested in examining the determinants of price volatility in futures markets and the impact of risk-aversion on equilibrium futures prices.

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