Matthew Kozora ('02)

After graduating from W&L, where he earned degrees in both mathematics and business administration as well as four varsity letters in baseball (while leading the team in hitting twice), Matthew Kozora completed a master's program in Quantitative and Computational Finance at Georgia Tech. He then entered the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he earned a Ph. D. in Finance. One of his research interests is the effect corporate events have on shareholder investment horizon.

Matt now works as a financial economist for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation. The Division was created in September 2009 to provide sophisticated analysis that integrates the economic, financial, and legal disciplines. In its "think tank" and other roles, the Division is involved across the entire range of SEC activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement, examination, and other matters. Matt's position involves fundamental research as well as providing analytical support for policy makers.

Matt reports, "The education I received at W&L has helped me tremendously. In particular, the skills I developed from the Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics course and Real Analysis courses helped me with graduate coursework and my own research."