Naomi E. Boyd, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, effective July 1. Boyd currently serves as Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach, and Engagement and as Chair, Professor, and Fred T. Chair of Finance at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics Department of Finance at West Virginia University.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Naomi Boyd to VCU. Dr. Boyd is a recognized leader and visionary with a strong commitment to academic excellence, transdisciplinary innovation, and student-centered experiential learning,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, “His background, which spans academia, government, and industry, coupled with his impressive track record of success in transforming of student learning and faculty support to excel makes her the right person at the right time for VCU and the School of Business.”

Boyd’s research experience has focused on structural change and innovation in financial markets. She is associate editor of Financial Statistics, as well as a member of the Review Board of the American Journal of Business and the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Financial Regulation. and Compliance and Managerial Finance magazine. Previously, she worked for eight years as a financial analyst and consultant in the Office of the Chief Economist of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington.

At West Virginia University, Boyd developed the Center for Financial Literacy and Education, which houses programs in wealth management, banking, and insurance; creates research opportunities for faculty; and supports community outreach. She also created the West Virginia University Student-Managed Investment Fund, which operates as an investment management firm and provides students with real experience as analysts and portfolio managers.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with the Richmond community to enable the School of Business to take VCU’s explicit commitment to creativity and harness it to produce the next generation of business leaders. company who are good corporate citizens, well-versed in emerging technologies, with strong entrepreneurial roots,” Boyd said. “Coming to VCU allows me to work with a brilliant team of faculty, staff, and students who are ready to create and expand innovative programs and research to become global market leaders.”

Boyd earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA in Finance from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in Finance and Quantitative Methods from George Washington University.

S. Douglas Pugh, Ph.D., has served as Acting Dean of the VCU School of Business since July 1, 2021 and will continue to do so until Boyd’s arrival.