Dean Kavajecz profiled in Daily Orange story
Kenneth A. Kavajecz became dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management on July 1, 2013, replacing Dean Melvin T. Stith G’73, ’78, who in April 2012 announced plans to step down at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester.
Kavajecz is an experienced academic administrator, having served successfully as associate dean for the undergraduate and M.B.A. programs at the Wisconsin School of Business. Under his leadership, both the undergraduate and M.B.A. programs at Wisconsin improved demonstrably, with the M.B.A. program moving into the top 25. He comes highly recommended as an ethical, passionate and decisive leader, and someone who has earned the respect of his faculty both as a leader and a scholar.
Kavajecz has focused much of his research on the structure of financial markets, with an expertise in liquidity, trading, risk management, market structure and regulation. His work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.
Academic awards received by Kavajecz include the 2000 Financial Management Association best micro structure paper “Liquidity Provision during Circuit Breakers and Extreme Market Movements” and a nomination for the Smith Breeden Prize for the best paper in the Journal of Finance in 2005 for “Price Discovery in the U.S. Treasury Market: The Impact of Orderflow and Liquidity on the Yield Curve.” Kavajecz is also the recipient of the 2008 Gaumnitz Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at the Wisconsin School of Business and the 1998 David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching in the undergraduate division at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.