Two Albers profs appointed to endowed faculty positions

February 28, 2019

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Albers School of Business and Economics professors Cathy Cao and Meena Rishi have been appointed to endowed faculty positions.

Cao (right) has been appointed by President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., as the Dr. Khalil Dibee Endowed Chair in Finance for 2019-23. Cao will succeed Peter Brous, who has held the chair since 2015.

“Cathy is a very student focused teacher, who clearly relishes engaging with students,” wrote Albers Dean Joe Phillips. “Students remark on her enthusiasm for the subject matter, availability, knowledge of the subject, and patience and kindness in her student interactions.” 

The dean referred to Cao’s scholarship as timely and topical, “which leads to higher impact on the discipline and practice.” She has published in such highly regarded and influential outlets as the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Investing and Managerial Finance. 

“Cathy’s most impactful service activity has no doubt been her leadership of the Redhawk Fund, in which she oversees students managing approximately $700,000 of the university endowment,” wrote Phillips. “She has been doing this since 2012 and has been very successful in guiding our student fund managers.” 

Rishi has been appointed as our 2019-22 Eva Albers Professor. Rishi succeeds Quan Le, whose term is expiring at the end of this academic year.  

Rishi (left) has been a member of Albers’ faculty since 2004, and previously held the Howard J. Bosanko Professorship in International Economics and Finance. “She is a dedicated and rigorous teacher, and her passion for her subject matter is well-known to our students,” wrote Phillips.  “She has been one of the leaders in our international economic development curriculum, and has been a strong advocate for student-faculty research.” 

Rishi’s research has examined a variety of issues for emerging economies, capital flows and the Indian economy. Her publications have appeared in such highly regarded outlets as the Journal of Development Studies, the International Review of Financial Analysis, and Energy Economics

Rishi is currently serving as a Fulbright Specialist as well as executive director of the Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies.