Dr. Kenneth A. Kavajecz is the 17th dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Prior to coming to Syracuse University in July 2013, he was a professor of finance and served as the chairman for the department of finance, and the associate dean of both the undergraduate program and the full-time MBA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kavajecz’s is an expert on financial market liquidity, trading, risk management, market structure and regulation. His research publications have appeared in many top academic journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. His academic awards include the 2000 Financial Management Association best micro-structure paper for “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.”
In addition, Dr. Kavajecz has been awarded numerous MBA teaching awards at the University of Wisconsin, including the Gaumnitz Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2008 as well as the David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Undergraduate division at the Wharton School in 1998 and the Doctoral Teaching Award at Northwestern University in 1996.
Dr. Kavajecz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. and Ph.D. in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has served as a member of the Economic Advisory Board for the National Association of Securities Dealers and has worked at an Assistant Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.