George G.C. Parker

Professor Emeritus, Finance
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George G.C. Parker

The Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus

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Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive

Research Statement

George Parker’s teaching and research interests are primarily in the field of corporate finance, management of financial institutions, and corporate governance. He is the author of numerous case studies related to these subjects which are used in the MBA program at Stanford and other schools. He has also authored several articles on capital structure, risk management, and corporate valuation.


Parker is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He teaches or has taught courses in corporate finance in the Stanford MBA Program, Stanford MSx Program, and in various Executive Education programs at the school. He is also codirector of the Financial Management Program and the Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Executive Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford in 1973, Parker was an assistant and associate professor of finance at Columbia University in New York City.

Parker was the recipient of the 2000 Robert T. Davis Award for Faculty Lifetime Achievement at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Stanford MBA Program. In addition, Parker serves on four boards of directors of listed, publicly traded companies, one mutual fund company, one privately held company, and one nonprofit organization. In addition, he has served from 2003 to the present as the faculty chairman of the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility for the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. Between 1977 and 1989, Parker served as a trustee of Haverford College, his undergraduate alma mater. Parker holds an MBA and PhD degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business from the classes of 1962 and 1967, respectively. Between 1962 and 1964, he was a member of the United States Peace Corps in Peru.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1967
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1962
  • BA, Haverford College, 1960

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 1973
  • Assistant-Associate Professor, Columbia University, 1967–73
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Universidad del Valle, Colombia, 1967

Professional Experience

  • Assistant to the President, Community National Bank, 1964–65
  • Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps in Peru, 1962–64

Awards and Honors

  • Eponym of the George G.C. Parker Professorship (endowed by former students), 2008
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford MBA Program, 2006
  • Stanford Business School Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching and Faculty Service, 2002


Journal Articles

George G.C. Parker, Daniel Cooperman
Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
1978 Vol. 13 Issue 5 Pages 885-902
George G.C. Parker, Robert P. Shay
Journal of Finance
1974 Vol. 29 Issue 1 Pages 217-225

Working Papers

Stanford Case Studies

Alan Rappaport, George Parker, Jaclyn Foroughi
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi, Vanessa Lide
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi
Katherine Bose, George Parker
George G. C. Parker, Jesse R. Sandoval
David Berry, George Parker
Eric Bannasch, Jim Coulter, Todd Dashefsky, George Parker
George Parker
George Parker, Ann Pattyn
George Parker
Victoria Chang, George Parker
George Parker, Margot Sutherland
Rami Chalduri, George Parker, David Singer
George Parker
Inghie Kwik, George G. C. Parker
George Parker
Howard Corb, George Parker

Stanford University Affiliations

  • Chair Stanford Board of Trustees Committee on Investment Responsibilities 2003–08
  • Member Stanford Bookstore Advisory Board 2000–present
  • President Stanford Faculty Club 1979–82

Service to the Profession


  • Colony Financial Corporation, 2010-present
  • Threshold Pharmaceuticals, 2006-present
  • First Republic Bank, 2002-present
  • iShares/Blackrock Mutual Funds, 2002-2014
  • Tejon Ranch Corporation, 2000-2014
  • Continental Airlines, 1996-20009
  • California Casualty Insurance Group, 1978-present


  • American Finance Association, 1999-present
  • Financial Management Association, 1999-present
  • Board of Trustees, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 1980-1991


  • iShares/Blackrock Mutual Funds, 2009-2012

In the Media

Insights by Stanford Business

April 01, 2006
The Southwest Airlines chairman and former CEO explains the business philosophy that has his company thriving in the brutal airline industry.

School News

November 15, 2018
The Sloan — now Stanford MSx — Program has evolved in many ways in the last six decades. Here are six of the most significant changes.
June 20, 2018
Alumni and friends of Jack McDonald gather for the official renaming celebration of the life and legacy of the GSB's beloved professor of 50 years.
April 26, 2018
Two new awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by Sloan Fellows in the Stanford MSx Program.
April 23, 2018
Two first-time political candidates talk about applying the lessons they learned at Stanford GSB.
October 15, 2008
George G.C. Parker, the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus, is the inspiration for a number of colleagues, friends and former students to establish an endowed chair in his honor.