Provost David W. Blackwell

David W. Blackwell is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University of Kentucky.  Before being appointed as Provost in January 2018, Dr. Blackwell served as Professor of Finance and Dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky from 2012 to 2018.  Before joining the University of Kentucky in 2012, he served as James W. Aston/RepublicBank Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2012.   Dr. Blackwell served as Head of the Department of Finance at Texas A&M from 2002 to 2008.  He earned his Ph.D. in Finance in 1986 and his B.S. in Economics in 1981, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

From 1998 to 2002 he served as a Director in KPMG’s Forensic practice and as a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Financial Advisory Services practice.  Before his consulting career, Dr. Blackwell served as a Finance professor for 13 years.  From 1995 through 1998 he served as an Associate Professor of Finance at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.  Before joining Emory in September 1995, Dr. Blackwell taught at the University of Georgia from 1985 to 1993 and at the University of Houston from 1993 to 1995.  He was a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon School of Business Administration in 1989. 

Dr. Blackwell has a national reputation as a finance scholar and his published work establishes his expertise on a broad range of topics, including corporate finance, commercial bank management, executive compensation, and securities underwriting.  He has authored or co-authored publications in the areas of corporate finance, accounting, and the management of financial institutions, including the one of the country’s leading undergraduate textbooks on financial institutions and markets, Financial Institutions, Markets, and Money  (11th edition, 2012) published by John Wiley & Sons. His second textbook, Modern Financial Markets was published by Wiley in December 2006.  His publications have appeared in the leading scholarly journals of Finance and Accounting such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Accounting Research, and Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Dr. Blackwell has consulted with major companies and organizations on a broad range of issues.  In a litigation setting, he has consulted or testified on matters such as securities fraud, breach of contract, and patent infringement.  His other experiences include consulting on corporate financial policies with Shell Oil Company; closed-end fund governance issues with Morgan Stanley; asset-liability management issues with Quantum National Bank (Atlanta, GA); and financial structure issues with Sumitomo Corporation.  He designed and implemented training programs for bank executives in Poland and Slovakia; served as Assistant Academic Director of the Georgia Banking School (sponsored by the Georgia Bankers Association); and conducted financial training programs for executives of Halliburton, IBM, Chemical Bank, Southwire Company, and the People’s Construction Bank of China (PRC).

Dr. Blackwell has served on the board of directors of Commerce Lexington (Lexington Chamber of Commerce) and The Washington Campus, a Washington DC-based organization that educates graduate business students and executives on navigating the public policy process.  He also served on the board of The Twin Cities Endowment, an organization that provides funding for economic development projects in the Bryan-College Station, Texas area.  Dr. Blackwell was Vice President and President of the Southern Finance Association and served on its Board of Directors.