Business School Establishes Endowed Professorship

The Gabelli Asset Management Endowed Professorship in Finance will be held by Alok Kumar.

Coral Gables (March 04, 2011) — The School of Business Administration has established a new endowed professorship with a gift from New York financial executive Mario Gabelli. The Gabelli Asset Management Endowed Professorship in Finance will be held by Alok Kumar, who joined the school’s Department of Finance last fall.

The professorship was announced during a luncheon in February to honor Gabelli, who is the chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, a New York-based provider of investment advice to alternative investments, mutual funds, and institutional and high net-worth investors.

“Endowed professorships, which we are here to celebrate, are critical to our strategy,” said Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, the school’s interim dean. “They provide us with critical support for our faculty, research, and services initiatives, all of which bring prominence to our institution.”

In addition to the Finance Professorship, GAMCO has supported the school’s academic initiatives, scholarship programs, mentoring, and job placement initiatives. Gabelli founded the firm in 1977 as an institutional broker-dealer, and it has since grown into a widely recognized financial services corporation.

Prior to joining the School of Business Administration, Kumar was an associate professor of finance for four years at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in behavioral finance, empirical asset pricing, corporate finance, and computational economics.

From left to right: Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM executive vice president and provost; Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, interim dean of the School of Business Administration; Alok Kumar, Gabelli Asset Management Professor of Finance; and Mario J. Gabelli, chairman and CEO, GAMCO Investors, Inc.


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From left to right: Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM executive vice president and provost; Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, interim dean of the School of Business Administration; Alok Kumar, Gabelli Asset Management Professor of Finance; and Mario J. Gabelli, chairman and CEO, GAMCO Investors, Inc.

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