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

Working Papers

Stanford Case Studies

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

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