George Kester Mamie Fox Twyman Martel Professor of Business Administration

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, National University of Ireland, Galway, University of Banja Luka, University of the South Pacific, Monash South Africa, University of Malaya, and National University of Singapore. During his 2014 sabbatical leave, he was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Prior to coming to W&L, he held the William H. Dunkak Endowed Chair in Finance at Bucknell University and was on 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 has led seminars for the Jakarta Stock Exchange, UniCredit Bank, Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Singapore Airlines, Monash South Africa, Singapore Institute of Management, 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
M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
B.B.A., Wake Forest University


Applied Corporate Finance
Financial Education


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