George Kester Mamie Fox Twyman Martel Professor of Finance

George Kester

Huntley 302A
Curriculum Vitae

George Kester joined W&L's faculty in 2000. During the summer months, he teaches graduate courses in corporate finance in Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana and in Australia at the University of Melbourne.  He has also been a visiting professor at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, University of Banja Luka, National University of Ireland, Galway, University of the South Pacific, Monash South Africa, University of Malaya, and National University of Singapore.

Prior to coming to W&L, he held the William H. Dunkak Endowed Chair in Finance at Bucknell University and was a member of the faculty of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.  

George's business experience includes president of Financial Analysis Systems, Inc., a computer software and consulting company.  He has also been a marketing representative with The Service Bureau Company and held various positions in management accounting, credit analysis and commercial lending with First Union National Bank.  

He has led numerous executive seminars and management development programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S.  He is a member of the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending and annually leads seminars sponsored by the Singapore Institute of Management.  He has also led programs for the Jakarta Stock Exchange, UniCredit Bank, Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Singapore Airlines, Monash South Africa, University of Ljubljana Centre for Management Development and Training, and other organizations.  

George serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Financial Education, Advances in Financial Education, Acta Economica, and Financing


D.B.A., Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (1983)

M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1976)

B.B.A., Wake Forest University (1970)


Applied Corporate Finance

Financial Education


Managerial Finance, Cases in Corporate Finance, Corporate Mergers, Leveraged Buyouts & Divestitures