Role of Faculty Advisor
BASIS is autonomously run by students, but Dr. Morgan from the Finance Department acts somewhat as a board of directors and oversees the operational decisions, coordinates with the Foundation and other stakeholders, and ensures that policies and procedures are in place and followed. Dr. Morgan provides continuity, advice, and structure while supporting the primary education mission of the group through seminars, mentoring, and participation in the weekly meetings.
In addition, Dr. Morgan serves the students through communications with alumni, industry experts (such as the BASIS Advisory Board), recruiters, sponsors, and others who have an interest in the success of the organization. Dr. Morgan also teaches classes that the students must take as members of BASIS, and thus he has a first-hand knowledge of the students’ strengths and abilities and how those can be best utilized within BASIS and by companies recruiting them for summer internships and permanent positions.
Dr. George Morgan
SunTrust Professor of Finance
Education and Certification
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977
M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
B.S., Georgetown University, 1973
Dr. Morgan has taught courses at the undergraduate, MBA and PhD levels. He created new interdisciplinary courses on deploying broadband wireless and on commercializing wireless networking technologies. He has taught the course for undergraduates interested in the fixed income markets with the goal of acquiring the knowledge needed to operate BASIS. He served as a Visiting Scholar at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and as a Visiting Lecturer at the International Space University. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Morgan recently organized and co-led a study abroad program to Barcelona on finance and art.
Dr. Morgan’s research revolves around the decisions regulators should make when faced with issues related to disciplining banks. He also examines the ways bankers can hedge their interest-rate and foreign currency exchange rate risks. His research centers on the use and risks of futures trading and the management and regulation of commercial banking organizations and their regulatory capital positions. His work has appeared in many reputable journals like The Journal of Finance. Dr. Morgan’s research in CWT helped to bring advanced broadband communications capabilities to consumers and businesses, especially in rural areas.
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